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    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 20, 2000


    Woman accused of setting fire to kill man

    Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested a woman Tuesday morning on a charge that she tried to kill a man living with her by setting her mobile home on fire.

    Brenda Lee Sims, 30, was charged with attempted murder/arson in connection with the incident, which occurred about 4 a.m. at 5000 28th St., Lot 66, arrest reports state.

    Police say Sims used a lighter to set fire to a curtain as the man slept in his room, then left the home and stood outside. The victim was not identified in arrest reports.

    Deputies did not indicate in reports how the victim awoke or whether the mobile home was damaged.

    Suspect in Illinois case arrested in Pinellas

    A man wanted in connection with a firebombing and double homicide in Illinois was arrested in Pinellas County on Monday afternoon, sheriff's deputies reported.

    Michael W. Dhans, 30, of Bradley, Ill., was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Monday at a residence at 104611 110th Way N near Seminole, which deputies listed as his local address. It was unclear Tuesday how long Dhans has been in the area.

    The charges against Dhans are in connection with an Aug. 7 firebombing in Kankakee, Ill., in which a woman and her husband were killed. Another suspect is being sought in connection with the incident, according to reports in the Daily Journal, a newspaper in the Kankakee area.

    Police believe the firebombing is related to a July shooting in which the victims' son was wounded by gunfire during a break-in. One man has been arrested and warrants have been issued for two others in that crime, according to a report in the Daily Journal.

    Potential cadets can learn of life at West Point

    The West Point Parents Club of the Gulf Coast of Florida has scheduled a holiday reception for prospective West Point cadets at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Radisson Sabal Park, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., Tampa. College and high school students, JROTC members and their parents are invited to attend the informal meeting to learn more about West Point and to meet with cadets who will be home for the holidays.

    The discussion will cover the application process, physical and academic requirements and life at the academy. A West Point graduate will describe his experience and school representatives will be available to answer questions.

    The informal meeting will include a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

    Call 526-3090.

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