Ex-FSU Boosters head drops libel lawsuit

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 22, 2008


Don Reinhard, former president of the Florida State Seminole Boosters, has dismissed a libel suit he filed last year against the St. Petersburg Times and senior correspondent Lucy Morgan.

William C. Owen, the Tallahassee attorney who represents Reinhard, filed a one paragraph notice dismissing the lawsuit Wednesday.

The newspaper had written about accusations from a number of Floridians who say Reinhard bilked them out of millions of dollars with fraudulent handling of their investments.

Reinhard accused the Times of defamation and casting him in a "false light" in a story about his bankruptcy proceedings.


Sewage spill is bigger than originally thought

The size of a sewage spill on Tuesday is worse than first estimated. Hillsborough County's Water Department has raised the estimate from 10,000 gallons to 129,000 gallons spilled in the FishHawk area of southern Hillsborough County.

The county learned on Tuesday afternoon of a sewage leak about one mile west of Osprey Ridge Road. Workers have closed a valve in the pipe, which sustained a 10-inch crack, spokeswoman Michelle Van Dyke said.

Crews poured lime over the area of the pond and installed warning signs. Because an estimated 5,000 gallons of sewage spilled into FishHawk Creek, residents have been told not to touch the creek.