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By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 4, 2001


Woman charged with DUI, leaving scene

Woman charged with DUI, leaving scene

TAMPA -- Hillsborough sheriff's deputies charged a driver Friday with hitting a bicyclist and driving away, leaving the injured victim by the side of the road.

The bicyclist, 19-year-old Stacy Lee Urbina of 12941 Simpson Road in Dover, was in critical condition Friday at Tampa General Hospital.

The driver, Ann B. Baron, 42, of 1606 Powder Ridge Drive in Valrico, has been charged with DUI involving serious injury and leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries. She left the Orient Road Jail after posting a $6,000 bail, according to jail records.

Baron's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.088, slightly above 0.08, at which the state presumes a driver is impaired. Baron was southbound in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee on McIntosh Road when she struck Urbina about 12:10 a.m. Friday, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Rod Reder said. The impact threw Urbina onto the Jeep's hood, windshield and roof, Reder said.

Benefit concert, auction for slain officer's partner

Skipper's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar at 910 Skipper Road in Tampa will be the site of a benefit concert for Mickie Mashburn, surviving partner of Officer Lois Marrero. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. today and will feature the music of Halcyon. Tickets are $10, a portion of which will benefit Mashburn. Additionally, all proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Mashburn. Call (813) 971-0666 or (813) 977-6474.

Brandon boy, 2, found unconscious in hot tub

BRANDON -- A 2-year-old was found unconscious in his family's hot tub Friday afternoon after he wandered away from his 8-year-old sister and 10-year-old brother.

Hayden Gilliam, 3804 Castle Key Lane, Brandon, was in critical condition Friday night at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Hayden's mother, Marion Gilliam, told deputies she had been vacuuming while Hayden played with his brother and sister. She found him about 4:20 p.m. Friday in the hot tub on the patio next to the swimming pool, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

He was not breathing when deputies arrived. His mother, deputies and paramedics performed CPR until he arrived at Brandon Regional Medical Center. He later was transferred to All Children's.

Boy critically hurt when he runs in front of car

TAMPA -- A 6-year-old boy was in critical condition Friday night after he darted into traffic and was struck by a car.

Joery Williams of 3003 N 43rd St. was taken to Tampa General Hospital at 3:25 p.m., a Tampa police spokeswoman said. He had injuries to his head, chest and leg. Hughes said the boy ran across E 21st Avenue in front of a 1995 Dodge Caravan driven by Angela P. Marshall, 33, of 3601 N 22nd St.

Marshall hit the brakes and tried to avoid the boy, but the front of the car struck him, Hughes said. No charges were filed.

Negotiating teams agree on raise for teachers

TAMPA -- Hillsborough County teachers will receive an average 6 percent salary and benefits increase this school year after district and union officials ended a week of negotiations Friday by agreeing on a salary package.

The deal, worth about $22.6-million, must be approved by the School Board and union members.

Yvonne Lyons, executive director of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, said earlier this week the teachers were not expecting much this year given the district's gloomy financial picture.

Budget cuts have been ordered throughout the district because of increases in health insurance and utilities. District officials said the cuts helped fund the raises.

Last year, Hillsborough boosted its starting teacher salaries to $30,000, one of the highest in the Tampa Bay area.

With a national teacher shortage in full swing, school districts are under pressure to increase salaries to attract and retain teachers.

Former lawyer receives 15 years of probation

LARGO -- Repentant and ailing, disbarred Palm Harbor attorney Arthur D. Deckelman, 72, hobbled out of court Friday, rather than to prison.

But only after forking over $50,000 and agreeing to pay $500 a month to repay the $175,000 he swindled from more than a dozen movie company investors in a bogus overseas high-yield investment deal.

It was only his age, his failing health and the promise to begin repaying the money that spared Deckelman prison time, said Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley. That and the fact Deckelman committed his crime shortly before the enactment of harsher sentencing guidelines that would surely have earned him up to 30 years in prison, Ley said.

Deckelman's attorney, Sherwood "Flip" Coleman, said Deckelman's doctors have said he has prostate cancer and will not live more than another five years. Should the full amount not be paid back to the investors before he dies, a lien will be placed against Deckelman's estate for the rest.

Deckelman also was placed on 15 years' probation. At Deckelman's request, Ley also agreed to transfer probation jurisdiction to Maryland, where Deckelman plans to move to live with family.

1 injured when car crashes into Pasco County house

DADE CITY -- One person was injured when a car swerved across two lanes of traffic and crashed into the living room of a Dade City home.

Officials said Terry Lee Timmer, 53, formerly of Tampa, was driving a 1989 Ford Tempo north on U.S. 301 about 9:30 a.m. when he crossed the grass median, two southbound lanes of traffic and a 5-foot-deep ditch before plowing into the house.

Timmer suffered minor injuries and remained at Pasco Regional Medical Center Friday in stable condition. No one inside the home was injured. The home, owned by Lana Whittington, also is the site of Haircuts by Lana, a beauty salon. Whittington was cutting a customer's hair at the time of the crash.

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