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High school student arrested in bomb threat
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 1999
TAMPA -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a 16-year-old for phoning in a bomb threat to East Bay High School on Tuesday morning.
The suspect, who is not being named by the Times because he is a juvenile, was charged with false report of bomb.
Deputies said the suspect, a student at the high school, phoned in the bomb threat from the school grounds of East Bay High School at 7710 Big Bend Road in Apollo Beach at about 10:20 a.m.
The school was evacuated for about 40 minutes, deputies said. As a result of a Student Crime Stoppers tip, the school resource deputy arrested the 16-year-old, who was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
3 suspects arrested in fatal shooting of teen
TAMPA -- Sheriff's deputies arrested three people Tuesday in connection with the killing of a 17-year-old Sunday afternoon in Ruskin.
Alfredo Duenes, 22, of 2305 Seventh St. SW in Ruskin, was charged with first-degree murder. Jesus Duenes, 19, of the same address, was charged with violation of probation. Enoch Hernandez 18, of 301 27th St. SE in Ruskin, was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. The three suspects were acquaintances of the victim, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
Deputies say the three suspects were traveling in a car at about 12:40 p.m. Sunday when they stopped at a stop sign at Atlantic Drive and 15th Street NE to block another car. When Daniel Bazaldua of 1325 Atlantic Drive in Ruskin exited the blocked car, a confrontation ensued, and Alfredo Duenes shot him in the chest, deputies said. Deputies said the cause of the confrontation is not known.
Judge calls claim 'incredible,' sentences woman to four years
LARGO -- Former Circuit Judge Claire Luten bumped into Maly Keo at the courthouse early this year and innocently started to discuss the hot weather. Then Luten commented on Keo's stunning dress, asking her about its fabric.
"Silk," Luten said Keo had told her. Luten thought Keo understood her English well enough.
But on Tuesday, Keo told Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Tim Peters, through an interpreter, that she didn't understand a word of English. In fact, Keo said, she pleaded guilty in June to a scheme to steal up to $500,000 from the Tampa Bay Vietnamese community without understanding what she was doing or what was happening around her in court.
An interpreter erroneously told her at the time, Keo said, that if she didn't plead guilty she would be sent to prison for 30 years.
Peters, calling Keo's claim "incredible and unworthy of belief," rejected her bid to withdraw her plea and sentenced the Cambodian native to nearly four years in prison, the maximum allowed by state guidelines.
Peters noted that Keo, 44, of St. Petersburg, had a plea form read to her by an interpreter when she pleaded guilty on June 29 and had to understand what she was doing.
City commission to appeal ruling on wallabies as pets
TARPON SPRINGS -- Even if all they do is munch grass and hop around, wallabies are still wild animals, according to a city ordinance, and they cannot be kept as pets on small, residential lots, the Tarpon Springs City Commission agreed Tuesday.
With their vote, commissioners allowed the city attorney to appeal a ruling made by the city Code Enforcement Board, which previously classified wallabies as pets. The commissioners decided that allowing the miniature species of kangaroo -- an exotic animal that requires a license from state regulators -- to remain here could stretch the city's definition of pet to include more dangerous and annoying animals.
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