Tampa Bay briefs
By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 3, 2001
Lap dance ordinance leads to 7 more arrests
TAMPA -- Tampa police have arrested seven more people for violating Tampa's lap dance ordinance.
Detectives from the Police Department's Adult Entertainment Division made six arrests Thursday night at the Tanga Lounge and one at 2001 Odyssey. The dancers and patrons were charged with failing to keep at least 6 feet apart.
In addition, police arrested eight people at Scarletts, charging them with allowing nudity in an establishment that serves alcohol.
Man turns himself in to be charged in Feb. 18 slaying
TAMPA -- A man accused of a murder Feb. 18 turned himself in Friday.
Dwight Dwayne Dubose, 28, met with Hillsborough sheriff's detectives about 2:30 p.m. and was charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery.
The victim, 47-year-old Fred Mobley of 4023 LaSalle St. in Tampa, was found dead about 9 a.m. Feb. 18 at 34th Street and Lila Avenue.
Police did not say how Mobley was killed.
Police: Robbery suspects aren't linked to slaying
LARGO -- Homicide detectives don't believe people suspected in a series of Clearwater robberies had anything to do with the Monday night slaying of Marco Waters.
Clearwater police detectives have charged Derrick Donte Works, 23, with five armed robberies, four of which occurred within two hours Sunday morning, police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detectives investigated Works to see whether he had anything to do with the death of Waters, who was shot and robbed of his tax refund as he sat outside his girlfriend's duplex in the High Point area. Waters' sister said the refund amounted to $5,000. Waters' sister and his girlfriend said two men -- one masked and one with a bandana over his face -- ambushed Waters and took his wallet. One of the men was armed with a silver handgun; he stopped and shot Waters once in the chest before running away.
Pinellas detectives talked to Works and also were searching for Willie James Clark, 23, whom they suspected was one of his associates. Clark turned himself in to authorities in Hillsborough County late Wednesday and was questioned by detectives, said Pinellas sheriff's Detective Lt. Steve Shipman.
Shipman said Thursday that investigators believe neither had anything to do with Waters' death. Works is substantially taller than descriptions given of Waters' assailants. Clark has an alibi for around the time of the shooting, Shipman said.
Shipman said investigators received tips from the community naming Works and Clark as suspects. But those tips turned out to be exaggerations.
Vacant house set afire on Fourth Avenue S
ST. PETERSBURG -- A vacant building was set afire early Friday in an area that has been a target for arsonists since November.
Police were notified at 2:18 a.m. that flames were showing from the boarded-up house at 532 Fourth Ave. S.
Investigators say someone placed material under the two-story building and ignited it. A neighbor smelled smoke and called the fire department, said George Kajtsa, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Although Friday's fire has not been officially linked to others in the downtown area, it is at least the 15th fire that has been deliberately set since Nov. 5.
In January, two fires were intentionally set at adjacent buildings on Burlington Avenue N near 16th Street N. Nine people escaped safely. Police have not determined whether those two fires are related to the arson fires near downtown.
Motorcyclist injured in crash onto porch
ST. PETERSBURG -- A man was injured Friday when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Coffee Pot Boulevard NE.
The man, whose name was not available, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center under a trauma alert just after 7:15 p.m. Authorities said he ran his motorcycle up on a porch at 1956 Coffee Pot Blvd. NE and became pinned under the motorcycle.
Gulfport officer in fair condition
ST. PETERSBURG -- A Gulfport police officer was in fair condition Friday after a traffic incident that forced his cruiser into a telephone pole.
Officer Michael Torres was taken to Bayfront Medical Center after the crash, moments before midnight Thursday near 49th Street S and 18th Avenue S.
Witnesses gave police a description of the car that failed to stop. St. Petersburg police later saw the car and arrested Brett D. Crisp, 41, of 937 26th Street N, according to investigators. He was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury.
Man shot in head in critical condition
ST. PETERSBURG -- A 26-year-old man who was shot in the head on Thursday remained in critical condition Friday at Bayfront Medical Center. Robert Larry Booth was shot early Thursday in a house at 534 27th Ave. S in the Harbordale neighborhood. No one has been arrested.
Developer acquitted of tax evasion charge
TAMPA -- A jury that convicted C. Hayward Chapman on Wednesday of giving illegal gratuities to a public official returned a not guilty verdict on a charge that he evaded $843,957 in income taxes in 1997.
The tax evasion charge represented the 126th and final count in a bribery and kickback case against Chapman, 64, a Tampa developer; Audley Evans, 48, the former executive director of the Tampa Housing Authority; and Dr. Patrick Watson, 43, a Tampa physician.
In a trial that began Feb. 6, government prosecutors attempted to prove Watson and Chapman paid bribes to Evans in return for contracts in a conspiracy to subvert the bidding process at the housing authority.
After three weeks of testimony, U.S. District Judge James S. Moody dismissed all charges against Watson. Jurors returned guilty verdicts on 15 counts against Evans. The jury also convicted Chapman of paying illegal gratuities to Evans.
Home invaders tie up woman, steal her car
PALM HARBOR -- Robbery detectives are searching for three men involved in a home invasion.
At 12:30 p.m. Friday, the men forced their way into the home of 34-year-old woman in the 1300 block of Bay Harbor Drive, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said.
The suspects tied her up and demanded money and valuables. Her name is being withheld for her safety.
The men left in her 1997 beige, four-door Infinity, license tag VZE60F.
Detectives ask anyone with information to call (727) 582-6200.
Pasco teen hit, injured by all-terrain vehicle
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A 14-year-old boy was seriously injured after being hit by a Honda all-terrain vehicle Friday afternoon in the Pasco community of Moon Lake.
The boy, whose name had not been released Friday evening, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with severe head injuries and a broken arm.
The driver of the vehicle, 15, was slightly injured when he fell off the vehicle, said Pasco Fire Rescue Chief Doug Drape. His mother took him to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center.
Authorities were unclear exactly how the crash happened, and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
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