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Death of woman in Largo investigated as homicide


Police are investigating the death of a woman at Blue Skies Mobile Home Park as a homicide. Authorities had not positively identified the victim late Wednesday afternoon, but they said she is in her 70s. No details about how she was killed were released. About 1 p.m. Wednesday, police received a call about a body found in Unit 36 of the park at 614 Woodrow Ave. NW, Largo police Lt. Mike Loux said. Officers responded and "what they saw required further investigation," Loux said. The Sheriff's Office and Largo police forensic teams were taking photographs and collecting evidence. Mark Hassall, who lives two doors down, said he thought a man lived in the unit alone, but a few days ago, he saw a woman there in a motorized wheelchair. He said things at the park had been pretty quiet. "I've had no problems," said Hassall, 46. "I've been here six months."

Jail deputy faces drug charges

A detention deputy at the Pinellas jail was arrested early Wednesday on one count of possession of ecstasy and two counts of possession of anabolic steroids, according to authorities. Kerry Albert Hunt, 45, was arrested when he arrived to work at the jail for his midnight shift. Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at his Pinellas Park home, where they said they found small amounts of anabolic steroids and ecstasy. Hunt, a 17-year veteran of the agency, was placed on administrative leave with pay. He was released from jail on $6,000 bail.

Deputies raid pot grow houses

Pinellas Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested a 27-year-old man on charges of trafficking in and growing marijuana, along with possession of steroids. According to jail affidavits, Andrew Mascherino had possession of 97 pounds of marijuana. A search turned up 47 marijuana plants at a residence he owned in St. Petersburg, deputies said, and 117 plants at a residence he had access to in Largo. Mascherino, of 11397 118th Place, Largo, faces two counts of trafficking in marijuana, two counts of trafficking in marijuana, and one count of possession of anabolic steroids. He posted bail on all but the steroids charge and is being held in jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Man accused of child sex abuse

Police have arrested a 36-year-old man on two counts of sexual battery against a child. The victim, who was younger than 12, told police that she been battered and molested over a number of years by Antwan Chance. Chance was being held in the Pinellas jail without bail.

Pinellas deaths

Bishop, Don A.

Boddie, Gladys Geraldine

Caskey, Jeannine R.

Chromy, Stephen James

Clower, Eugene Sr. "Buddy"

Coleman, Vanessa A.

Daniel, Barbara

Duffy, Daniel A.

Foti, Louis J.

Langdon, Louise P.

Partner, Ella Mae

Poulos, Anna

Roney, Mary

Thomas, Marion Lee

Whitehead, James J.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Death of woman in Largo investigated as homicide 08/06/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:29am]
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