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Briefs: Roommate held in stabbing in Tarpon Springs


Roommate held in stabbing, victim survives

One man was stabbed and his roommate arrested on a charge of attempted murder after a dispute Tuesday, police say. Neighbors called officers at 8:05 a.m. to report a stabbing at 1111 E Lime St. Officers found that Bradley T. Lopez, 20, had been stabbed. He was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for injuries that were serious but not life-threatening, police said. Later, Lopez's roommate, Matthew J. Murtaugh, 19, turned himself in to police. He complained of being hurt and was taken to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs. He was arrested later.


Chestnut Street

lanes to close

The hole that trapped a semitrailer truck on downtown Chestnut Street near Myrtle Avenue and backed traffic up to the beach roundabout was temporarily fixed and the road reopened Tuesday. However, part of it will again be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today while crews reopen the hole and use video to determine the extent of the damage. Florida Department of Transportation construction crews patched the hole around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, said FDOT spokeswoman Marian Scorza. It was caused when a clay pipe under the road collapsed at about 2 p.m. Monday. FDOT will close the two left lanes from 606 Chestnut St. to South Myrtle Avenue for part of today. The road, which carries more than 14,000 vehicles a day, is a main artery from the beach to the downtown. For more information, call (813) 975-6060.


Infielder arrested, accused of DUI

Christopher Gutierrez, a minor league second baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays system, was arrested early Tuesday morning on a charge of DUI. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, deputies came across his silver 2005 Dodge Ram pickup at the intersection of Keene Road and State Road 580 at 1:48 a.m. The truck was in drive. Gutierrez's foot was on the brake but he was asleep. Deputies woke up the 24-year-old and gave him a sobriety test, which he failed — blowing 0.127 percent. The threshold for presumed impairment is 0.08 percent. He was charged with DUI and taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was released on $500 bail. The Blue Jays' organization declined to comment and Gutierrez did not return calls to his phone.

Pinellas deaths

Abbott, Laurence III "Larry"

Blow, George

Fobear, Connie J.

Jahl, Daniel

Joswig, Salome "Sally"

Kenly, Jean Elizabeth

Kimery, Aileen D.

Lee, Ralph Elmer Sr.

MacDougall, Grace E.

Nichols, Anastasia

Papps, Sam Theodore

Rabe, Agnes B.

Ruble, Penny

Smith, Fannie

Touhey, Joann S.

Wahle, Warren F.

Ward, Grace S.

Weber, Lydia

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Briefs: Roommate held in stabbing in Tarpon Springs 03/18/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2008 3:07pm]
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