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Briefs: 2 teens charged in sex assault of woman, 89

Port Richey

TEENS CHARGED IN SEX ASSAULT OF WOMAN, 89

Two teenagers — one 14, the other 15 — have been charged with attacking, raping and trying to smother an 89-year-old woman with her own pillow before dawn Wednesday in her Palm Terrace Gardens home. The suspects are Carlos Fernandez, 15, and Luis Reyes Jr., 14. Another teen, 16-year-old Sean Maus, was also arrested, but not charged with taking part in the attack. All of them live close to the woman's house. The week before the woman was beaten and raped, her house was broken into while she slept. Thieves stole a flashlight, some food and her red Pontiac Sunfire. A neighbor said the thieves ate the woman's snack cakes and left the wrappers littered on her lawn. Pasco sheriff's detectives suspect Maus, Reyes and Fernandez in the April 2 crime.

Tampa

Ex-football player guilty of DUI death

Jurors found former NFL and Tampa Bay Storm linebacker Darion Conner guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide again Thursday. He had heard an identical verdict for the same crime four years ago. Conner didn't move when he heard the outcome, and shook his head solemnly in resignation. Conner, 41, played seven years in the NFL and five years for the Storm. He was convicted of the same charges in 2005, but an appeals court ordered a retrial because jurors saw a bloody picture of the victim. Conner drove a Toyota Landcruiser that hit and killed bicyclist Jonathan Michael Conklin on Sept. 4, 2004. Conner's blood alcohol level was 0.27, more than three times the point at which the law presumes a driver is impaired.

Clearwater

Workplace searched in child porn case

Employees were caught off guard when two dozen authorities arrived unannounced at Aerosonic Corp. with a search warrant in hand just after 9 a.m. Thursday. James Neil Saxon Jr., an Aerosonic Corp. employee, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his workplace and faces 20 counts of child pornography possession. He admitted possessing the images discovered during an investigation, Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Sandi Copes said. During the search at Aerosonic, authorities blocked both entrances to the property for a couple of hours. They seized computer equipment and will undergo additional forensic analysis in an attempt to locate any additional images of child pornography, Copes said.

Tampa

He got his wish: a ticket to jail

You've probably heard the saying, "Be careful what you ask for." Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say David Hebel asked to go to jail. The 20-year-old called 911 at 2:48 a.m. Thursday, told a deputy he was drunk, that his sister kicked him out and he wanted to go to jail to teach her a lesson, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. During the call, which lasted seven minutes and 47 seconds, Hebel kept laughing, according to an arrest report. Guess what happened. Hebel, of 11904 JD South Court, was booked into the Orient Road Jail at 5:28 a.m. His charge: misuse of the 911 system.

Briefs: 2 teens charged in sex assault of woman, 89 04/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 10, 2009 12:12am]
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