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Briefs: Woman attacked in parking deck of St. Anthony's

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 28, 2000


ST. PETERSBURG -- A stranger grabbed a young woman from behind Tuesday morning in the St. Anthony's Hospital parking garage in what police described as an attempted abduction.

The woman was walking from her parked car when she was attacked shortly before 8:30 a.m. She fought with her teenage attacker, kicking him repeatedly as he tried to drag her back to her car, police said. He let her go and ran away when another car drove into the garage and stopped.

The 21-year-old woman was frightened but unhurt. Police searched the area around the hospital at 1200 Seventh Ave. N, but they couldn't find the youth.

The would-be abductor was described as a thin, 6-foot-tall white man, about 17 years old. He wore baggy jeans, a white T-shirt and a white baseball cap with red trim.

Child rescued from river dies months after fall

TAMPA -- A child who fell into the Hillsborough River almost seven months ago died June 21 from complications of the fall.

The accident occurred on Dec. 8 when three of the four Torres children wandered from their home. An hour later, two of them were found floating in the river.

Three-year-old Meriah died that day. Julian, who turned 3 in February, was pulled from the water alive. But Julian's weakened lungs succumbed to bronchial pneumonia, and he died last Wednesday, Hillsborough sheriff's officials said.

Julian lived with his parents, Benjamin Torres and Tiffany Martinez, at River Tree Landing apartments on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Neighbors said the children were not allowed outside alone, but somehow eluded their parents the morning of Dec. 8.

Once Julian and Meriah fell into the 61-degree water, a 4-foot wooden embankment trapped them in the river.

Plane leaking fluid turns back, lands safely in Tampa

TAMPA -- A US Airways 737 jet on its way to New York from Tampa International Airport began leaking hydraulic fluid Tuesday and returned to Tampa International Airport.

No one was injured. Metrojet flight 2676 was carrying 113 passengers and crew out of Tampa shortly after 10 a.m. when the pilot requested a return landing, said TIA spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan.

She said the pilot reported landing gear problems.

The plane landed safely at 10:40 a.m. The aircraft was towed to a hangar for repair and its passengers put on other flights, Geoghagan said.

Nude club owner sues city for denying application

TAMPA -- Nude club owner Joe Redner sued the city Tuesday for refusing to let him build a strip club downtown in the shadow of the Tampa Convention Center.

He bought an abandoned warehouse at Florida Avenue and Channelside Drive last month and tried to apply to the city for an adult entertainment permit, Redner said.

But zoning officials refused to accept the application because city codes don't allow such uses in the central business district, he said.

The suit, filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, claims the club would not blight the area or cause an increase in crime or other adverse effects as stated in the adult-use ordinance.

City Attorney James Palermo said he hadn't seen the suit and wouldn't comment on it.

Redner owns two Tampa nude clubs, Mons Venus on N Dale Mabry Highway and Scarlett's World Class Men's Club on Courtney Campbell Parkway, and a half-interest in a third, the Tanga Lounge on Courtney Campbell.

He's tangled repeatedly with the city in court. The city is trying to convince judges to close the Mons Venus and Tanga Lounge for operating in areas not zoned for adult entertainment.

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