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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 19, 2000


Officer shoots dog that bit his heel

ST. PETERSBURG -- A St. Petersburg police officer shot and killed a pit bullterrier when it attacked him during a call, police said Friday.

Officer Robert Mailhiot III, a six-year veteran, went to the 4300 block of 17th Avenue S on Wednesday after a resident called to complain about loose dogs, said Lilla Davis-Mays, police spokeswoman.

The officer told supervisors that he tried running the dog away by using pepper spray, but that the dog kept coming back while he talked with the concerned resident, Davis-Mays said. Mailhiot shot the pit bull in the head after it bit his heel, she said.

After the shooting, the dog was taken to an animal hospital, where it died. The dog's owner, who lives at 4324 17th Ave. S, could not be reached for comment.

Davis-Mays said that officers must have permission to shoot an animal. Mailhiot did not have prior approval, but in an emergency, she said, officers can to protect themselves or others. Mailhiot's supervisors are reviewing his actions.

Sen. Hargrett considers run for county office

TAMPA -- Facing term limits that prevent another run for the Legislature, state Sen. James Hargrett Jr. is considering a run for the County Commission.

Hargrett, who has served in the House and Senate since 1982, said this week he is weighing a run against Hillsborough County Commissioner Thomas Scott, a Democrat who represents east Tampa, Seminole Heights and Palm River.

Hargrett would be a well-known opponent for Scott, who federal prosecutors are investigating for his role trying to help a campaign contributor get a lucrative contract at Tampa General Hospital. The contributor gave Scott's church $15,000 while Scott was helping him.

As for Scott, he intends to run for re-election. "There are definitely some things I need to clear," he said.

Eckerd College student accused of pulling gun

ST. PETERSBURG -- A 21-year-old Eckerd College student was arrested Thursday after he pointed a handgun at two other students on campus, police said.

Mario Cooper, of 901 28th Ave. S, drove by Stacey Murdock and Patrick Mungal, both 19, and pointed a black gun out of the driver's window in a careless or reckless fashion, said Lilla Davis-Mays, police spokeswoman. As he pointed the gun, Cooper said, "Yeah,' " Davis-Mays said.

Cooper knew Murdock, who lives on campus at 4200 54th Ave. S, police said. He may have been in a disagreement with her over a relationship with Mungal, police said.

Ross Bannister, Eckerd spokesman, said Friday that Cooper is banned from campus until Monday, when he meets with school officials to determine what, if any, punishment he faces.

8,000 doses of ecstasy found; three men arrested

TAMPA -- Three men face federal charges of distributing and conspiring to distribute about 8,000 doses of the illegal drug ecstasy.

A U.S. Attorney's Office complaint filed Feb. 16 in Tampa names David LaFlamme of Atlanta and Glenn Williams and Jerome Vento Jr., whose addresses were not available Friday.

According to the complaint, Williams obtained ecstasy from LaFlamme in Atlanta and brought it to Vento in Tampa.

Williams is accused of making three trips to Tampa to deliver ecstasy to Vento.

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