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By Times Staff Writer
Published January 15, 2008


TAMPA

Dig continues today in search for lost woman

Temple Terrace police say they will continue to dig under a South Tampa home today, looking for the body of Sandra Prince. It will be the fifth day detectives have toiled at 3908 W Vasconia St., searching for evidence of the missing Temple Terrace woman. Prince was 59 on Jan. 3, 2006, when neighbors told police she had disappeared. Police secured a warrant to search the home on Thursday, three months after removing almost 300 pounds of dirt from beneath the foundation during another search of the residence. Forensic anthropologists from the University of South Florida spent months combing through the core samples looking for evidence of human remains. In September, police named Earl C. Pippin III a "person of interest" in the case. Pippin, a contractor who built the Vasconia house, knew Prince for five years. Police say they were sweethearts. Pippin's attorney, Paul Sisco, says police have no evidencing linking Pippin to Prince's disappearance.

WIMAUMA

Man accused of clubbing woman

A Plant City man was arrested Sunday on an attempted murder charge after deputies say he bludgeoned a woman with a club while she slept. On Jan. 8, Gustavo Gonsales, 44, crawled through his ex-girlfriend's bedroom window about 12:40 a.m. while 43-year-old Olga Castellano lay sleeping, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. Armed with a 2-foot club, Gonsales "began to viciously beat the victim about the face, head and body," stopping only when Castellano's roommate interrupted the attack, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Castellano awoke during the beating, but later fell unconscious, officials said. She was treated at South Bay Hospital. Deputies caught Gonsales about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Highway 674 and Fourth Street in Wimauma. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed burglary and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

LECANTO

Deputies capture escaped inmate

Citrus County sheriff's deputies on Monday captured escaped inmate James Coursey, who fled from the Citrus County Jail on Friday and reportedly attacked a homeowner with a hammer Sunday morning. Shortly before 10 a.m., deputies found Coursey, 49, hiding in a travel trailer in back of a home on County Road 491, not far from the jail. He was arrested without incident.

DADE CITY

Ex-NFL player gets 6 months' probation

Ex-NFL linebacker Darren Hambrick pleaded guilty Monday morning to two counts of misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to six months of probation. It was part of a plea deal stemming from an October 2006 brawl at the Trilacoochee nightclub Rumors. His NFL career ended in 2002.