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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 14, 2001

    Trial in hotel shootings is postponed again

    TAMPA -- The trial of Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, accused of killing five people during a Dec. 30, 1999, rampage that began at a hotel on the Courtney Campbell Parkway, was postponed again.

    Circuit Judge J. Rogers Padgett on Monday set Izquierdo-Leyva's trial for Sept. 4. The date could be pushed back again since defense attorneys want to visit Cuba to interview people who knew Izquierdo-Leyva before he moved to the United States.

    Anonymous tip leads to arrest of suspect

    ST. PETERSBURG -- An ex-convict wanted by state and federal agents was arrested Saturday morning after police found him hiding in a closet in a St. Petersburg apartment at 928 Ninth Ave. S.

    Roderick A. Smith, 35, was arrested after agents received an anonymous tip about his location.

    Authorities had been looking for him for at least a year.

    Smith was wanted on charges of assault, domestic battery, kidnapping, aggravated battery and failure to pay child support.

    Authorities identify man who jumped from Skyway

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A man who jumped from the Sunshine Skyway bridge on Saturday was officially identified as Raymond Edward Cutler, 38. A motorist saw the man jumping from the bridge around 11:30 p.m.The St. Petersburg man's body was found early Sunday.

    Woman gets 5 years in prison for theft, fraud

    BROOKSVILLE -- A bookkeeper who siphoned more than $200,000 from her employer will spend the next five years in prison.

    That was the sentence handed down to Mary C. Elliott, 54, of Holiday on Friday after she pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges.

    Investigators say Elliott stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company, Artistic Homes, and its owner, Spring Hill builder Bob Eaton, over five years.

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