Knievel estate is sued over stunt footage
Various cable companies are suing the estate of the late Evel Knievel, claiming the daredevil sold them rights to stunt footage he no longer owned. Viacom and affiliates MTV, Country Music Television and Spike TV say they bought "footage, photos and materials" of "stunts/jumps and interviews" for $69,000 in February 2006. But the suit, which seeks more than $250,000, alleges Knievel didn't have the right to make the deal because he sold the rights to the same material in 1982. Knievel moved to Florida in the late 1990s and lived in a Feather Sound condo with his longtime partner Krystal Kennedy-Knievel at the time of his death in November 2007 at age 69. Kennedy-Knievel, who represents his estate, declined to discuss the case.
Order extended for pumping from river
If a big storm hits and the Alafia River rises quickly, water supply officials want to capture that rain. So the Southwest Florida Water Management District has extended an emergency order allowing the area's main water wholesaler to take extra water from the river without seeking special authorization. The order had been scheduled to expire on Dec. 31. Instead, it will last through Sept. 30, 2009. The new order allows Tampa Bay Water to take up to 60-million gallons of water per day, or 19 percent of the flow, from the Alafia without seeking special authorization.
Two hit-run autos strike Tampa man
A 25-year-old Tampa man is in critical condition after two cars hit him while he was walking near Waters Avenue on Tuesday night. About 7 p.m., Allonzo Daniel Tambriz was walking north on Hulsey Road when a four-door light gold SUV hit him, knocking him to the ground, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. A second vehicle, a light-colored pickup truck, ran him over. Both drivers left the scene. Tambriz was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition.
Three gunmen rob postal credit union
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Wednesday morning robbery by three gunmen at the Tampa Postal District Federal Credit Union. Authorities said the men, all of whom were wearing black ski masks, entered the bank at 4094 Deltona Blvd. about 9:45 a.m. and began demanding money from bank tellers. According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black, two of the robbers were armed with 9mm handguns. The third man had a revolver. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money from a teller, the robbers fled in an unknown direction in a 1990s model white Dodge Stratus with dark-tinted windows and an unknown temporary tag. There were no injuries in the holdup. The bank robbery was the fourth to occur in Hernando County in 2008.