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    By Times staff reports
    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published December 11, 2001


    Man found dead in burned apartment

    ST. PETERSBURG -- A man was pronounced dead Monday night after firefighters pulled him from a burning unit at Lakeside Apartments.

    Roger Lane, St. Petersburg's district fire chief, said the victim, a white man in his mid 40s, had not been identified. No other injuries were reported.

    Lane said the fire started in the dining room, but the cause is unknown.

    About 20 firefighters responded to 501 116th Ave. N, Apt. 37, at 8:06 p.m. They extinguished the blaze in four minutes, then searched the apartment. They found the man on a bed in a bedroom.

    The medical examiner will determine how the man died.

    Pasco adult ordinance ruling may be appealed

    Pasco should appeal to a higher court a federal judge's decision to block the County Commission's adult entertainment ordinances, county attorneys will suggest.

    During today's County Commission meeting, the attorney's office will suggest the county's next step should be appealing the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Assistant County Attorney Barbara Wilhite said Monday.

    The county will continue "exploring the rest of our options," she said, but would not elaborate on what those were or the grounds for the appeal.

    Last week, a federal judge in Tampa issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of two ordinances: one that tried to push exotic dance clubs and other adult entertainment into industrial zones where alcohol could not be served or consumed, and another that restricted employee-client contact in such businesses.

    With the suspension of the laws, which took effect last spring, the county has no ordinances to regulate adult businesses. Its previous codes on the matter were repealed by one of the new ordinances.

    That fact prompted the county attorney working on the ordinance, Sidney Kilgore, to float the idea last week that an immediate appeal might be necessary. Kilgore was not available Monday for comment.

    Luke Lirot, lawyer for the plaintiffs -- Lollipops, the Players Club, Calendar Girls and 42nd Street Video -- could not be reached for comment.

    Man killed by train

    TAMPA -- Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are trying to confirm the identity of a man killed by a train Monday morning near the Manatee County line.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said the 40-year-old man was lying with his head propped on the rail at U.S. 41 and the Manatee County line about 10:30 a.m. when he was struck by a northbound train.

    The man died at the scene. Investigators found a wallet with a driver's license, Carter said, and are trying to find the owner's next of kin to confirm his identity.

    Convenience store clerk shot

    TAMPA -- A convenience store clerk remains in critical condition after being shot Sunday, police said.

    Chitiab Elgrini, 29, was working at the P. Express Food Store at 2926 N Nebraska Avenue Sunday at 12:30 p.m. when a woman entered the store and shot him twice in the face.

    Elgrini knew the shooter, police said, and they exchanged words just before the incident.

    He was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

    Police charged 54-year-old Delores Wilford of 2911 N Jefferson St. with attempted murder. She was being held Monday without bail.

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