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By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001

Hospital unit dedication will honor slain nurse

Sherry Brannon helped heal hearts as a nurse in the cardiovascular-pulmonary rehabilitation unit at St. Anthony's Hospital.

Seventeen months after Brannon and her two daughters were killed, St. Anthony's Hospital will dedicate the unit in Sherry Brannon's name at a ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N.

On Sept. 16, 1999, Brannon and her daughters, 7-year-old Shelby and 4-year-old Cassidy, were slain in their home in Manatee County. A landscaper who helped dig the pond at their new rural home, Larry J. Parks, has been arrested in connection with the slayings and is awaiting trial in Manatee County.

Family members say it is appropriate the ceremony will be on Valentine's Day because of the thousands of hearts Sherry Brannon touched as a nurse.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the Brannons, who lived in St. Petersburg all their lives before moving to Manatee County a few months before their deaths.

Robbers strike again in eastern Hillsborough

TAMPA -- Armed robbers have again burst into a home in eastern Hillsborough, terrorized its residents and run off with money.

This time, two gunmen kicked in the unlocked front door of a home at 2253 Jaudon Road about 9:30 p.m. Friday. They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash from the six residents.

Lt. Harold Winsett said he doesn't know whether Friday's robbery is related to eight others, but "it's very, very similar. I can tell you the descriptions are very similar and the circumstances are similar to the others that have occurred."

No injuries were reported.

Sheriff's deputies say the robbers apparently target the homes of migrant farm workers in the Dover area. The spate of invasions began Dec. 22.

One robber was a 6-foot Hispanic male weighing about 175 pounds. He wore a black ski mask, black long-sleeve T-shirt, blue jeans and black and white athletic shoes. He was carrying a chrome revolver. No description was available of the second robber.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or (800) 873-8477.

Man in jail after pounds of marijuana found

ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas County sheriff's narcotics detectives arrested a St. Petersburg man Friday after authorities discovered dozens of marijuana plants inside his home.

Charles Edward Pendleton, 32, of 8141 25th Ave. N, was arrested at his home and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and the manufacture and cultivation of marijuana. Pendleton was being held on $10,150 bail at the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday.

"Narcotics detectives, working on an anonymous tip three months ago, began an investigation that led to the confiscation of 115 marijuana plants," said spokesman Sgt. Greg Tita. "No one was injured. It was just an ongoing investigation with the narcotics bureau and they will continue."

Tita said 7 1/2 pounds of marijuana was seized along with $4,000 in cash and a shotgun.

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