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Beach visitor pulled from water, dies at hospital

PINELLAS COUNTY

Visitor is pulled from water, dies at hospital

A man visiting from New Jersey died Sunday after he became distressed while wading at Gandy Beach. Charles Donnelly, 54, was in waist-deep water on the south side of the bridge when he began struggling about 3 p.m., said Pinellas County sheriff's officials. Friends and bystanders pulled him from the water, called 911 and gave him CPR until paramedics arrived. The man was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. Deputies said the incident may be related to a medical condition.

Clearwater

Crash kills biker on Courtney Campbell

A man was killed Sunday on the Courtney Campbell Parkway in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident, Clearwater police said. The accident, which temporarily closed the east- and westbound lanes of the parkway, happened shortly before 1 p.m. The man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, is not being identified until family can be notified, said supervisor Nick Gossman of the Clearwater Police Department.

Tampa

Motorcyclist dies after ramming SUV

A 26-year-old motorcyclist died after he rear-ended a sport utility vehicle Saturday night. Arius E. Fayson of Tampa was heading north on Interstate 75 in an outside lane north of Fletcher Avenue when he darted between two cars and crashed into the rear of a 2003 Toyota SUV, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Fayson was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died early Sunday. The driver of the SUV, Robert E. Hudson Jr., 36, and a passenger, Angela Delgado, 29, both of Lutz, were uninjured.

LITHIA

Brush fire burns 500 acres by park

Hillsborough County parks, fire and forestry officials spent Sunday monitoring a brush fire near Alafia River Park that burned at least 500 acres after it was reported at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire did not affect any homes or businesses, fire rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley said. No one was injured or evacuated Sunday.

PLANT CITY

7,000-square-foot home hit by fire

Firefighters battled a blaze in a 7,000-square-foot home Sunday evening. Hours later, investigators were still trying to determine what caused the fire at 1716 Charleston Woods Court, which was reported to emergency dispatchers at 5:26 p.m. County property appraisers valued the home, owned by Batista Joseph Madonia III and Tamela Marie Madonia, at more than $1-million. According to court records, Batista Madonia filed divorce papers last month.

PINELLAS PARK

Teen shot in leg, expected to recover

A Kenneth City teen was shot in Pinellas Park early Sunday. Errick Pholone Lovan, 18, suffered a gunshot wound to his leg after a confrontation with other young men near 74th Avenue and 35th Way, police say. Lovan, who underwent surgery to remove the bullet, is expected to recover, Pinellas Park police Lt. Paul J. Andrews said. The incident may have stemmed from an altercation at a party, Andrews said. The shooter is not yet known.

Beach visitor pulled from water, dies at hospital 06/29/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 4, 2008 3:13pm]
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