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 North of Tampa: June 4, 2000 June 4, 2000
Home Depot could anchor retail center
TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- The long-dormant Hillsborough Square Shopping Center appears poised for a major makeover, with Home Depot serving as the anchor.

Last of the Lutz Boyz?
Authorities say three men in a burglary case, two of whom are assisting in the investigation of an Ybor City murder, may be the last vestige of a group of vandals.

On the road to recovery
Hillsborough High Terriers' most improved player forfeits a summer of team travel in favor of fixing her knee in time for her senior year.

The week in review
TWENTY YEARS FOR VALESSA: Circuit Judge J. Rogers Padgett sentenced Carrollwood's Valessa Robinson to 20 years in prison: 15 for the third-degree murder of her mother, real estate broker Vicki Robinson; and five more for stealing her mother's minivan. "It's the court's decision that you be sentenced as an adult, the adult that you actually are," Padgett said. "A young adult perhaps, but an adult nevertheless." Sentencing guidelines had called for a maximum of 18 years, but the judge went higher because of the cruelty of Mrs. Robinson's death. Valessa will get credit for the two years she has already spent in jail.

Leto marching band members may sign up now for camp
Leto High School's annual marching band camp runs July 31 to Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school. Students planning to be in the band at Leto High must attend the camp.

Scouts earn cycling badge
Members of Lutz Boy Scout Troop 12 recently completed their 150-mile bicycling trips to earn the Cycling Merit Badge, one of the requirements for Eagle Scout.

Drought's effects far-reaching
Cypress trees are showing their roots, wildlife habitats are shrinking, and even landscape businesses are feeling the pinch.

Given a fighting chance
A class teaches women how to fend off would-be attackers and keep themselves out of harm's way.

Judge: Tax district violated sunshine law
The attorney for the Community Development District plans to ask the judge to reconsider the ruling.

Officials find little interest in flood control planning
A meeting on a study of the Cypress Creek Watershed elicits a shrug from a public more intent on the drought.

New Lutheran school attracting attention
Family of Christ will offer kindergarten and first-grade education in the fall. Only four spots remain, and interest continues to build.

Planned office construction upsets Bay Lake community
A company wants to erect five to seven buildings about 500 to 700 feet from a residential area. But the residents say that's too close.

Bubbly was a bargain for 'customer'
A store owner was next door at his club when a man switched price tags and stole a $140 of Dom Perignon champagne.

Check fraud artist sentenced to 5 years, must pay restitution
CARROLLWOOD -- A man investigators regard as the biggest check fraud artist in Florida was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution.


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