2nd person arrested in racial attack
A second person has been arrested in an October attack of a Hispanic man in what police are calling a racial hate crime. Antoine Ramon Williams, 19, was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Tampa police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said Williams is accused of hitting Jose Manuel Sanjurjo with a brick on Oct. 16. Sanjurjo told police about 10 young men started yelling racial slurs at him as he walked down E Holland Street near Jasmine Avenue, then started throwing bottles. Demetrick Sanders, 32, was also charged in the incident. He was released from Orient Road Jail on Nov. 7, sentenced to probation. Williams, who told police he works for Taco Bell, was being held at the Orient Road Jail without bail Wednesday.
USF student who was hit by car dies
A University of South Florida student died after she was hit by a car while crossing Fletcher Avenue near USF Palm Drive on Tuesday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Jessica Palmer, 18, a freshman mechanical engineering student, was planning to head home to Miramar on Wednesday night for Thanksgiving. She was hit by a 1993 Volkswagen driven by Sharon Sanchez, 25, of Dade City, said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. No charges were filed against Sanchez, Carter said.
She takes last seat, wins $2.5M
Terese Moore "felt lucky" on Tuesday and decided to go to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The Land O'Lakes woman entered a car drawing and won $200 before playing the $10-a-try Wheel of Fortune Megajackpot, where she won $2.5-million, the game's largest payout to date in Florida. Moore, 57, was not able to be reached Wednesday, but a press release says she plans to use the winnings to pay off her home. The release also said her choice of machine was practical rather than psychic. "It was the only one left!" she said.
Nursing home may be closed
Florida wants to close a St. Petersburg nursing home that has been cited for deficient care 90 times over the last two years, but the home's managers say they will fight to stay in business. The Agency for Health Care Administration issued an order last week revoking the license of Long Term Care of St. Petersburg, a 185-bed nursing home at 3479 54th Ave. N. Among other things, the state said the home failed to prevent residents with mental problems from striking other residents. The home's management company, Senior Health Management, will appeal revocation action within the required 30 days, said Derek Webster, the home's interim administrator. That will allow the 100-plus residents to remain at the facility until the courts sort things out. Of the 90 citations issued by state inspectors in the past two years, problems ranged from an unqualified activities director to medication errors and bedsores.
Homeless man accused of rape
A homeless man is accused of raping a woman Tuesday night in the wooded area near U.S. 19 and State Road 52. Troy Glover, 41, faces charges of sexual battery and domestic battery. The victim had a severely swollen eye, burn and bite marks, according to Glover's arrest report. Glover was being held without bail Wednesday in the Land O'Lakes jail.