Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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38-year-old man shot and killed in Pinellas County

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38-year-old man shot and killed in Pinellas

A 38-year-old man was shot and killed on Thursday night. But except for the man's name, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office released no details Friday about the slaying. "It's still under investigation," said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. "We don't have a motive at this point in time." The man was identified as Terrance Bernard Thomas. He had addresses in Clearwater and Bradenton, according to records. The Sheriff's Office said that Largo and Clearwater police officers responded to a report of a shooting at 703 Patterson St. sometime around 10:30 p.m. and found Thomas. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Pinellas sheriff's Detective Rob Snipes at (727) 582-6200.

Tampa

Mold problem to close exit ramp

Transportation engineers are used to dealing with congestion, potholes and flooded highways, but mold? It seems the slimy stuff is making the exit ramp from southbound State Road 60 to the Howard Frankland Bridge too slick for traffic, and now the Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp to deal with the problem. The DOT says the trouble stems from drainage issues that arose a few years ago after a retaining wall was built along SR 60's southbound exit at Interstate 275. Water seeping through the wall after heavy storms is skimming across the road surface, causing mold and mildew to grow. "It's odd to me. I haven't worked with anything like this," said DOT spokesman John McShaffrey. Engineers are planning a fix starting the weekend of April 13 — and continuing for several weekends after that — that will reroute motorists to westbound Kennedy Boulevard and the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Tampa

New airport bins will feature ads

Say goodbye to those gray trays at airport security. As part of a new partnership with Tampa International Airport, Tampa-based SecurityPoint Media will replace the trays with white bins that have laminated advertisements on the bottom. About 1,500 new bins will be put into place by the end of the month. The airport's share of revenue from the advertisements should add up to $100,000 over three years, a spokeswoman said, and the Transportation Security Administration will no longer be responsible for maintaining and replacing the trays. SecurityPoint Media did not disclose how much it costs to advertise on the bins. The company has its trays in 36 other airports nationwide, including airports in Miami, Jacksonville and Orlando.

Tampa

Ex-NBA player says he was defrauded

Former Brandon High School and University of Florida star Dwayne Schintzius has sued an Oldsmar man, saying he was defrauded out of $100,000. The lawsuit says Schintzius, who played for nine years in the NBA, invested the money with Scot Monette for two sports memorabilia businesses, which were going to buy and sell items from retired NBA players, as well as from the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The lawsuit says the businesses were Elite Sports Marketing and What About Sports. The lawsuit says Monette used the money to pay off other debts. Monette could not be reached for comment.

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