Tampa Bay briefs
By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 4, 2001
Woman who jumped from Skyway identified
The person who jumped to her death late Sunday from the Sunshine Skyway bridge has been identified as a 37-year-old Oldsmar woman.
Coast Guard searchers found the body of Iwona J. Rozanski of 1735 Bayhill Drive about 8 a.m. Monday, 4 miles southwest of the bridge, said Petty Officer Harry Craft.
The Florida Highway Patrol was notified about 11 p.m. Sunday about an abandoned car on the bridge, Craft said. The patrol found a woman's purse and a set of keys on the front seat.
Student charged with making bomb threat
TAMPA -- As part of a growing crackdown on threats at schools, a 14-year-old Wharton High School student was arrested Tuesday after making a bomb threat to a teacher, sheriff's officials said.
On Monday, after the ninth-grader's science teacher asked him to leave the class for being disruptive, he turned and said, "I'm gonna blow up the school," officials said. He was arrested Tuesday at school.
Sheriff's officials released the boy's name, which is not being published by the St. Petersburg Times because of his age.
The student was suspended from school and arrested on a charge of threatening to place or discharge a destructive device, a felony. He was taken to a juvenile detention center.
The school district is recommending the teen be expelled, which could last for up to two years under a new get-tough policy by Superintendent Earl Lennard.
Last week, two Sickles High teenagers were arrested after a woman overhead their cordless phone conversation on her police scanner. The teens said their conversation was misunderstood.
So far this year, 98 bomb threats have been made against Hillsborough schools, compared with 63 during the 1999-2000 school year.
Health official: There is no Legionnaires' outbreak
LARGO -- Pinellas health officials came to the criminal courthouse on Tuesday to tell bailiffs they aren't in the midst of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
Blood tests in recent months have found that seven bailiffs at the 49th Street complex carry an antibody for Legionnaires', which means they've been exposed to the bacteria during their lives.
A clerk of courts employee also said she tested positive for the Legionnaires' antibody.
"We're concerned that you're concerned," Diana Jordan, a specialist in communicable diseases with the Pinellas Health Department, told more than two dozen bailiffs.
But she reassured them, "We don't have an outbreak."
The bailiffs independently decided to get tested after one bailiff became ill and tested positive earlier this year. Health officials said he did not have Legionnaires'.
Nine of the county's 133 bailiffs have gotten the test. Of those nine, seven have tested positive for the Legionnaires' antibody.
In the general population, health officials say, up to 20 percent of all people carry the Legionnaires' antibody, the majority without ever getting the potentially deadly respiratory infection.
But absent symptoms of Legionnaires', such as pneumonia, a high fever and muscle aches, Jordan told the crowd the positive tests don't indicate a problem with the building.
County building officials say monthly tests at the courthouse indicate no Legionnaires' disease in places where it is likely to be found, such as air-conditioning cooling towers.
Tampa's Hillsboro 8 theater closes
TAMPA -- Hillsboro 8, the last of Tampa's Carmike theaters, will close Thursday night, despite a recent renovation that included the installation of stadium seating. General manager Paul Lewis confirmed the closing but declined to discuss details. He referred questions to the Carmike Cinemas central office in Columbus, Ga., which could not be reached. The theater at 3306 W Hillsborough Ave. opened in the 1970s as a drive-in, and has recently struggled in the face of competition from new multiplexes.
© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33701 727-893-8111
From the Times
local news desks