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After drinking, father sleeps while his kids roam

TAMPA

After drinking, father sleeps while kids roam

A 26-year-old father was arrested on child neglect charges Saturday, accused of leaving his 1- and 2-year-old children unsupervised while he slept off the effects of alcohol, Tampa police say. Douglas Wimbish told police he "had been drinking all day and had to sleep," according to his arrest report. The children were spotted roaming unattended outside their MacDill Avenue apartment. When an officer arrived, the children were back inside and the apartment door was open. Wimbish became belligerent when he awoke and didn't know where his children were, police said. He remained at the Hillsborough County jail Sunday in lieu of $7,500 bail.

Two men arrested for sex in public

Tampa police arrested two men Saturday night for having sex in public at a Drew Park adult theater. John W. McBride, 60, of 5540 Cyril Drive, Dade City, and Frederick George Gallmeyer, 71, of 6189 Nichole Court, Sarasota, were arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and exposure of a sexual organ. According to arrest reports, McBride and Gallmeyer were having sex at the Playhouse Theatre on N Hubert Avenue in view of other patrons just before 10 p.m. Hillsborough County jail records show that Gallmeyer remained in custody Sunday in lieu of $750 bail. McBride posted bail and was released. Tampa police have cracked down recently on these types of illegal activities inside adult businesses in Drew Park, a mostly industrial neighborhood east of Tampa International Airport and south of Hillsborough Avenue. Last year, the City Council earmarked $132,714 for police to monitor behavior at businesses in the area.

VALRICO

Man gives youths booze at party

Deputies arrested a 21-year-old Valrico man on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and having an open house party, which ended with two juveniles being hospitalized. Luis Enrique Marrero Espinet of 1211 Piney Branch Circle remained in the Hillsborough County jail Sunday in lieu of $750 bail. According to his arrest report, Marrero Espinet held a house party Saturday night and invited juveniles and gave them alcoholic beverages. The ages of the hospitalized juveniles and their conditions was not provided in the report.

LAKELAND

Woman burns to death in wreck

A fatal accident shut down all lanes of Interstate 4 in Polk County on Sunday for more than an hour, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers withheld the name of the victim, pending notification of relatives. The accident happened at 1:45 p.m. just east of Kathleen Road in Lakeland. A 1998 Ford was traveling westbound on I-4 when it attempted to pass a 1997 Mercury. The left front corner of the Ford clipped the right rear corner of the Mercury, causing the driver of the Ford to lose control and overturn several times, troopers said. The Ford caught fire, burning the driver inside. She died at the scene from her injuries. Troopers identified the driver of the Mercury as William Huggins, 69, of Lakeland. He and passenger Shirley Huggins, 58, weren't injured.

After drinking, father sleeps while his kids roam 08/10/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:33pm]

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