Hillsborough deputy back at work at jail

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 6, 2008


Sgt. Gary Hinson, a Hillsborough jail deputy who had been on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the Jan. 29 dumping of quadriplegic Brian Sterner from his wheelchair, has returned to work.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said she couldn't say why, because the investigation is still open. But she said Cpl. Decondra Williams is now on unpaid leave because of the preliminary findings; Cpl. Steven Dickey is on paid leave.

Deputy Charlette Marshall-Jones, who faces a felony charge of abuse of a disabled person, resigned last month.


Missing woman's death was accident

Mary Zelter, the 86-year-old woman who vanished last week and was found Monday night, died in an accidental drowning, the Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday.

Zelter was found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway near a Clearwater boat ramp late Monday. Her car was pulled from about 6 feet of water Tuesday morning.


Unattended kiln starts fire at school

A kiln left on overnight caused a small fire at East Bay High School that filled hallways and several classrooms with smoke early Wednesday, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials said.

A fire alarm triggered around 4 a.m. drew about 15 firefighters to the high school at 7710 Old Big Bend Road. The kiln, used to make ceramics, burned through a wooden base, Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Bruce Delk said in a statement.


Official takes over housing program

Seeking to quell a festering crisis, Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean will take over direct control of her beleaguered affordable housing office today.

Bean told commissioners she doesn't think the office has gotten proper leadership from her top deputy, Wally Hill. So she plans to oversee it herself.

The decision follows weeks of news reports detailing how the county has lost roughly $2.8-million in federal affordable housing grant money.