Pinellas soldier killed in Iraq
Army Spc. Arturo Huerta-Cruz of Clearwater was killed Monday when an improvised explosive device went off by his patrol near Tuz, Iraq.
The 23-year-old soldier was a chemical operations specialist who enlisted in the Army in May 2006. He was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. In November 2007, he deployed to Iraq and served in the Kirkuk area in the north.
He received the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
He is survived by his parents, also of Clearwater.
Memorial service set for girl, 11
The memorial service for Brittany Saavedra, the 11-year-old girl who died Saturday night while digging tunnels in the sand of a retention area, will be Friday at Turner Funeral Homes, 14360 Spring Hill Drive.
The viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and the funeral will start at 11 a.m. Friday. After the funeral, the family will have a celebration of Brittany's life at their home at 4082 Braemere Drive in Spring Hill.
Neighbors and friends have set up a memorial fund in Brittany's name at Bank of America.
New Port Richey
Woman cited for too many strays
A woman who has harbored stray cats and dogs in her home for years has been slapped with a $12,013 citation.
Officials discovered 17 cats and 16 dogs in Maleka Sharay's 1,368-square-foot home, although she had been told to get rid of some of them after neighbors complained.
Sharay said she plans to fight the citation, which she can't afford. She estimates that she's found homes for hundreds of animals in the past decade.