area professors make national 'best 300' list
A professor at St. Petersburg College was included this week in the Princeton Review's List of the Best 300 Professors. Tony Smith, a professor of communication, was among 10 Florida college professors named in the list. Former managing editor of what is now the Tampa Bay Times Mike Foley, a journalism professor at the University of Florida, was also on the list. Two other UF professors, Steven Noll and Sergei Shabanov, professors of history and mathematics respectively, also made the list. Others from the state on the list: Rick Bommelje, communication professor at Rollins College; Steve Lytle, health professor at the University of Central Florida; Steve Voguit, history professor at Flagler College; Monica Zima, engineering professor at Miami-Dade College; Melinda Anne Shoemaker, psychology professor at Broward College; and Trisha Spears, biology professor at Florida State University. The top 300 were selected based on student-provided data from ratemyprofessors.com to form a base list of 1,000 professors. Further research was then conducted, including interviews, to determine the final list. To view the full list, visit princetonreview.com/best-professors.
Multiple DUI case set for July trial
Kimberly McCarthy, an 18-year-old charged with driving while intoxicated three times over 18 days and felony possession of illegal drugs, will stand trial July 26, a judge said Thursday. McCarthy's first DUI arrest occurred Feb. 23, when police say they found 12 Xanax pills, marijuana and a bong in the van. Her next two DUI arrests occurred March 11 and 12. McCarthy will stand trial before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Lisa Campbell. Another judge denied McCarthy bail earlier this week.
Save-A-Lot shooter gets life sentence
Andrew Lee Brown, 54, will never leave prison for storming into a Save-A-Lot warehouse in Plant City in May, shooting a worker, barricading himself and setting fires that threatened the lives of a dozen other employees. Brown, formerly of Lakeland, had worked for a warehouse contractor. He wounded employee Aaron Huey, then 25, in the foot during the attack. On Thursday, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder handed down a life sentence for armed burglary and a two consecutive 30-year sentences for attempted second-degree murder aggravated battery with great bodily harm. Sentences for arson, aggravated assaults and shooting into a building will run concurrently.
Motorcyclist, 19, dies in I-275 crash
A 19-year-old motorcyclist died late Wednesday when he lost control of his bike and was thrown over an Interstate 275 entrance ramp wall near Ulmerton Road, state troopers said. Michael Edward Anthony O'Hanrahan of Ocala was driving east on Ulmerton Road onto the northbound ramp of I-275 about 8:40 p.m. when he lost control on a curve, officials said. His motorcycle crashed into the ramp wall, throwing O'Hanrahan over. He fell about 60 feet onto a grassy shoulder as his motorcycle continued about 200 feet before stopping. O'Hanrahan died at the scene.