valrico man wanted in drug shooting jailed
Deputies on Sunday arrested a Valrico man wanted for shooting another man in the head during a weekend drug deal. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested Nathan Edward McReynolds, 32, at the Seminole Motel on N Florida Avenue. They say he shot Troy Absher, 36, of Tampa, on Saturday after the two got into a fight during a drug deal. Absher was flown to Tampa General Hospital and listed in critical condition Sunday night. McReynolds faces one count of attempted murder with a firearm. He was held at the Orient Road Jail without bail Sunday night.
Motorcyclist dies after I-75 accident
A Wesley Chapel man died Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on an Interstate 75 ramp. Terrence M. Barry, 48, was traveling north in a light rain when he tried to exit onto Gibsonton Drive, said the Florida Highway Patrol. Near the end of the rain-slicked ramp, the front wheel of his 2008 Harley-Davidson skidded. Barry, who was not wearing a helmet, flew over the handlebars and stuck his head on the pavement. He later was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital.
Fire destroys an unoccupied house
An unoccupied home just west of Missouri Avenue was destroyed by fire Sunday night. The single-family home at 1121 South St. was engulfed in flames when Clearwater firefighters arrived shortly after 8 p.m. It took firefighters an hour to put out the fire, said Clearwater public safety spokeswoman Joelle Castelli. No injuries were reported.
Ultraspeeding fines are going up
A law is now in effect hitting drivers with fines of more than $1,000 if they're caught for going 50 mph or more over the speed limit. A second offense will cost drivers more than $2,500 and their licenses for a year. A third offense is $5,000 and a 10-year license suspension.
Sheriff's employee showed too much
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office civilian employee has been suspended for showing co-workers revealing photos of herself while on duty — a second time. Sheila Meschelle, 36, was suspended Sept. 22 for seven days without pay for insubordination and conduct unbecoming. Earlier, investigators found she showed her supervising sergeant and other co-workers a photo of her wearing political campaign stickers as pasties. She was ordered to never flash again. But a few months later, Meschelle admitted bringing to work a photo of her shooting a rifle topless at a Manatee gun range, and showing it to three deputies.
FAMU awarded big grant for research
Florida A&M's school of engineering sciences, technology and agriculture has been awarded a nearly $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The university says the money will go toward a bio-security research project and the development of a genetic raspberry improvement program.
Information from times staff writers, the Associated Press and the Bradenton Herald was used in this report.