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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2001


    Report: Soccer player died of rare heart disease

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A 23-year-old man who collapsed while playing soccer last month died from a rare heart disease, according to the Pinellas County Medical Examiner's office.

    Investigators said Anthoney Mitchell of St. Petersburg died of natural causes from arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia and asthma.

    The heart disease occurs in about one in every 5,000 people and is most common among men younger than 40.

    Mitchell played for the Hurricane FC recreational team. About a month ago, the team was scrimmaging against the Eckerd College men's soccer team when Mitchell suddenly fell to the ground. Attempts to perform CPR failed, and he died at Bayfront Medical Center.

    Armed man in ski mask sought in carjacking

    ST. PETERSBURG -- An armed man wearing black clothes and a black ski mask used a gun to steal another man's car Wednesday night.

    The darkly dressed man approached a man and woman at 4253 13th Ave. S. about 8:20 p.m. and pointed a handgun at them, said St. Petersburg Police Department public information Officer George Kajtsa.

    The armed man then pushed the other man to the ground and frisked him while the woman ran, Kajtsa said. An accomplice then ran up, reached into the victim's pocket and took the keys to the victim's nearby car.

    The attacker and his accomplice drove off in the victim's car, Kajtsa said. Police said they have no suspects.

    Car goes through wall of hair salon; 3 injured

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A car rammed through the front wall of a hair salon Wednesday, injuring three people.

    A 1998 Mercury accidentally smashed through the glass wall about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fantastic Sam's, 5002 34th St. S. The Mercury's driver told witnesses that his accelerator pedal had jammed.

    Three customers who had been waiting in chairs along the wall were taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Police were unable to provide any information Thursday about the accident.

    One of the injured people, Barbara Hertog, was released from the hospital.

    "I'm thinking, "How come I wasn't killed?' I got hit by a car," Hertog said Thursday.

    Fantastic Sam's reopened for business Wednesday afternoon.

    "We cleaned everything up and went back to work," said co-owner Kim Bennett.

    Tampa will sell 5 acres of aquarium parking lot

    TAMPA -- The city has agreed to sell 5 acres of the Florida Aquarium's parking lot to the Tampa Port Authority for nearly $7-million and to give $500,000 of the proceeds to the aquarium. The Tampa City Council approved the deal at its Thursday meeting. The Port plans to build a cruise ship terminal on the site. The city will use most of the money from the sale to pay for Fort Brooke Park II, a parking garage planned just east of the Waterside Marriott hotel.

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