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Briefs: Teen charged with attempted murder of Tampa police officer

Tampa

Teen accused of trying to kill police officer

A 16-year-old shot by police after a car chase faced several charges Monday, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, Tampa police said. Derrick Sheffield of 325 E Woodlawn St., led two officers on a brief chase Sunday evening when the officers realized he was driving a stolen Chrysler Concorde, police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. After crashing into a fence at 26th Avenue and 46th Street, Sheffield slammed into a patrol car, police said. Officer Dustin Kennedy shot Sheffield in the shoulder because he feared for the life of his partner, who was almost struck by the car, McElroy said. Sheffield was treated at Tampa General Hospital and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. He also faces charges of aggravated fleeing to elude, grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary of an unoccupied conveyance. Kennedy was on paid administrative leave while the shooting was being investigated.

Bradenton

2 students made swine flu recovery

Manatee County Health Department officials announced Monday a second confirmed case of swine flu. A 14-year-old boy attending Harllee Middle School had the H1N1 influenza, officials announced. The child was seen and treated by an area hospital, recovered at home and returned to school. School health surveillance has not shown an increase of influenzalike illnesses at the school. Meanwhile, Polk County recorded its first confirmed case of the ailment. A 9-year-old student also has recovered and is already back at school, the County Health Department said.

Oldsmar

Goodwill opening superstore in June

A new, 25,000-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired Goodwill superstore is tentatively set to open June 6 on Tampa Road. The store will sell 80,000 new and used products. "Middle-class shoppers flock to the superstores, enjoying the opportunity to snag brand-name merchandise for very low prices," said Goodwill Industries-Suncoast spokeswoman Michael Ann Harvey. The outlet at 3929 Tampa Road is one of several Tampa Bay area Goodwill superstores in Pinellas, Polk, Hillsborough and Hernando counties. The operation in Brandon is the top-selling superstore in the eastern United States, Harvey said. The new outlet will be staffed by 42 employees, many of whom were hired at a job fair this month. Asked why Goodwill invested in a superstore during such tough times, Harvey said the operation's "customer base has increased in this economy, rather than contracted."

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