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Dumbbell death brings murder charge

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Dumbbell death brings murder indictment

A Tarpon Springs man accused of killing his roommate with a 20-pound dumbbell was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for first-degree murder. Nick Seriganis, 28, was staying in an extra room in the Holiday house of Vincent Santoro III, 24, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The two got into an argument Sept. 15, authorities said, and Seriganis hit Santoro with the dumbbell. Santoro's family found him dead two days later. Seriganis has been in prison three times before for burglary, sexual assault of a child and failure to report as a sex offender. He is being held without bail at the county jail in Land O'Lakes.

Legg challenged in court over election

A Democratic Party volunteer who filed an ethics complaint against state Rep. John Legg over his residency is now challenging the validity of the Republican's re-election Tuesday. Joanne McMahon, who donated $50 to Legg's Democratic challenger, Ron Rice, filed a lawsuit against Legg Wednesday in Pasco County. She is representing herself. Legg has said he's splitting time between his Port Richey home, which is in his District 46, and his wife's Trinity home, which is not. McMahon said she's convinced Legg spends all his time in Trinity and not in his own district. State law requires elected officials to live in their districts upon election.

Pasco deaths

Barcoski, Diane

Bunn, Charlie

Chomic, Alicia

Colaprete, Frances A.

Goldsmith, Thomas A. II

Johlfs, Leona

Lietz, Anthony M. Jr.

Lietz, Damian

Nettle, Dorothy

Noe, Stanley

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Dumbbell death brings murder charge 11/06/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 7, 2008 8:25pm]
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