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    By Times staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published November 28, 2001

    Police: Man found in car died before fire

    TAMPA -- A man whose burned body was found in the trunk of a charred car on Sunday died from blunt trauma to the upper torso and the case has been classified a homicide, authorities said.

    The man's body was found in a 1989 Oldsmobile off Newburger Road. He has not been identified.

    Authorities received a phone call at 5:15 a.m. Sunday about a car on fire a quarter-mile west of Livingston Road, sheriff's spokesman Rod Reder said.

    When county firefighters finished dousing the flames at the entrance to an orange grove, they popped the trunk and found the body.

    The body was burned beyond recognition, making it impossible to immediately determine how the man died.

    Two men arrested in robbery, carjacking

    TAMPA -- Deputies arrested two men Tuesday after a robbery in the parking lot of the Class Act Bar on North Florida Avenue.

    Shortly after 2 a.m., two men carrying semiautomatic weapons stole $183 in cash from a man and forced him to drive them from the bar in his 1993 Lexus toward Bearss Avenue, sheriff's deputies said.

    At Bearss and Fisher Road, the victim got out of the car and one of the robbers fired a shot, deputies said, but missed the man.

    A few minutes later, deputies arrested the two men as they tried to run from the Lexus on Fowler Avenue.

    They were identified as Trevor Valery, 22, Court of Flags Court in Tampa, and Edward Paul, 24, 2933 Tudor Court, Apt. 248 in Tampa. They were charged with armed kidnapping, armed carjacking, aggravated assault and armed robbery, and were being held at the Orient Road Jail.

    Woman dies after being crushed by her van

    TAMPA -- A 45-year-old woman died Tuesday when she was crushed by her minivan as she tried to change a tire, authorities said.

    About 12:30 p.m., Mildred Alvarado of 8604 N Hickory Lane, was changing a flat tire on her Chrysler minivan in her driveway in Riverview when the van rolled back and pinned her underneath, sheriff's deputies said.

    She was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she died.

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