3-alarm fire displaces apartment residents

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 12, 2008


About 35 residents of the Tampa Heights Apartments, 4817 Temple Heights Road, were suddenly homeless Monday night after a three-alarm electrical fire spread from a two-story unit around 3 p.m.

Residents are retired or disabled and receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, apartment manager Sam Lester said. Two residents were treated for smoke inhalation.

2 schoolchildren injured by vehicles

Two Hillsborough County children were hit by cars Monday.

Neither suffered life-threatening injuries, said the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Charles Ray, 7, was hit by a Ford sport utility vehicle as he ran across the street to catch his bus at Sam Allen Road and Sam Allen Oaks. The boy was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, according to sheriff's reports.

At 8:24 a.m. at 109 Kilgore Road, Jessiny Santos, 11, apparently was standing at her bus stop when a pickup truck driven by John W. Mays of Plant City backed into her, sheriff's reports said. She was taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital with an injured knee.


Authorities investigate coach's conduct

The Pinellas Sheriff's Office is investigating an allegation of inappropriate conduct against Thomas J. Anderson, the girls varsity basketball coach at Seminole High School.

Anderson was escorted from the campus Thursday and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.

The allegation involves a 16-year-old girl and is not sexual in nature, the Sheriff's Office said. The girl is not a member of the basketball team.

Anderson, 59, has been a social studies teacher at Seminole High since 1996. He could not be reached Monday for comment. The school district's Office of Professional Standards also is investigating.

BEACHWALK PROGRESS: The BeachWalk promenade, a $30-million Clearwater Beach revitalization initiative, is ahead of schedule. City officials say work on S Gulfview Boulevard should be wrapped up by May and opened to the public. Since work on the project started in summer 2006, officials have said it would be finished by early 2009. Favorable weather has helped.