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Motorcyclist killed in collision with car
CLEARWATER -- A 40-year-old Clearwater man was killed in a traffic accident Wednesday when a car turned in front of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, authorities said.
Joel A. Moravec, who lived at 1930 Strauch Road, died just after 4:30 p.m. at Wolford Road and Cathy Lane near Clearwater.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Moravec was driving his motorcycle south on Wolford "at a high rate of speed" when a 1992 Hyundai, northbound on Wolford, turned left into Moravec's path.
Moravec landed about 50 feet away from the collision and died at the scene, the FHP said. The Hyundai's driver, Philip DiPaelo III, 56, was not hurt. The accident was under investigation.
18-year-old is shot in driveway of home
PINELLAS PARK -- A Largo man was shot in the chest Tuesday in a drive-by shooting at a home where two other shootings have occurred in the past year and a half.
The shooting happened about 8:47 p.m. as three men stood in the driveway at 9225 52nd St. N, police said. A dark blue Chevrolet Caprice or Ford Crown Victoria pulled up. Four men in the car accused the men in the driveway of damaging another car, police said.
The driver of the car pulled out a handgun and shot 18-year-old Matthew Hutchins in the chest, said Detective Ken Blessing of the Pinellas Park Police Department.
Hutchins was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday at Bayfront Medical Center to remove a bullet from between his lungs, police said.
Investigators think the shooting might be related to disputes among the area's Southeast Asian gangs.
No one has been arrested in Tuesday's shooting. Anyone with information can call Pinellas Park police at (727) 541-0758.
Search warrant served on defense contractor
TAMPA -- U.S. Department of Defense agents served a search warrant Wednesday at ADREM Profiles Inc., a corporation at 5461 W Waters Ave. that conducts background checks on people.
Agents with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service would not comment as they loaded records and other material into a large commercial truck. The investigation began before Sept. 11 and was not related to the terrorist attacks, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Steve Cole said.
Last year, ADREM was awarded a $21.2-million contract from the Department of Defense to conduct background checks on department employees and the employees of its contractors.
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