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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 12, 2000

    Accused killer faces charge in Louisiana

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A man charged with the murder of a Pinellas County salesman in April now faces murder charges in Louisiana, police said.

    Darran Scott Reppond, 29, a transient, is being held in Pinellas County Jail without bail in the April 1 murder of Joseph F. Hart, a salesman killed in his Palm Harbor home.

    Several days after the murder, police tracked Reppond to Lake Wales, where he had used Hart's credit cards, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Cal Dennie. Officers arrested Reppond there and transported him to the jail.

    Detectives from Lafayette, La., traveled to Pinellas County after linking Reppond with a 1998 murder.

    St. Petersburg man charged in stabbing

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Police have charged a St Petersburg man with attempted homicide in the stabbing of his girlfriend Tuesday.

    David L. Hall, 31, of 2920 Freemont St. S, turned himself in to police after the stabbing of Colanda Y. Anderson, 27, in the front yard of her home at 2926 Fairfield Ave.

    Hall was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $100,000 bail.

    Injured motorcyclist in serious condition

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A motorcyclist whose lower left leg was severed in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon was in serious condition Wednesday at Bayfront Medical Center.

    The accident occurred Tuesday at 34th Street and Fifth Avenue N when a Yamaha motorcycle driven by Roland Scherer, 41, collided with a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Laurie Davis, 40, of St. Petersburg. No charges had been filed Wednesday.

    One dead, one injured in three-vehicle crash

    ST. PETERSBURG -- One man died and another was injured Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash, authorities said.

    The accident occurred about 4 p.m. at Fourth Street N and 116th Avenue. Douglas M. Pesto, 52, of 11601 Fourth St. N was killed after he pulled his 1994 Toyota out of the Lincoln Shores Apartment Complex and into the path of an oncoming Nissan pickup truck, according to police reports.

    The truck, driven by 34-year-old Edward L. Harville of 6007 Fern St. in Tampa, was northboundon Fourth Street at about 45 mph when it collided with the Toyota. A Plymouth Voyager van driven by Lionel J. Alvarez Jr., 39, 3501 W. North B St. in Tampa was southbound near the entrance of the apartment complex.

    Alvarez swerved to avoid the Toyota, which had crossed the center line, but struck the rear of the Toyota, then hit the Nissan.

    No citations had been issued late Wednesday.

    2 officers disciplined in handling of case

    ST. PETERSBURG -- One officer was suspended for a day and another was reprimanded Wednesday for violating procedures during a traffic stop in which an officer shot at a carjacking suspect.

    On July 19 on 37th Avenue S, police stopped a man driving a Cadillac that had been stolen at gunpoint two nights earlier.

    Police say the Cadillac's driver tried to run down Officer Amy Christian, so Officer Jason Deary shot at the driver and missed.

    After a review, police supervisors decided Wednesday that Christian should not have walked in front of the Cadillac. She was suspended for one day.

    Supervisors said Deary was justified in firing but should not have approached the Cadillac as he did, crossing in front of a third officer's line of fire. Deary was given an employee notice, a permanent entry in his personnel file.

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