Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Fire in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino garage damages 6 cars

TAMPA

Fire damages 6 cars in Hard Rock garage

Six cars in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino parking garage sustained major fire damage Monday when one became engulfed in flames that spread, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

The agency said firefighters doused the fire in about 10 minutes. But by that time, other cars parked nearby also had been burned. The garage was evacuated, and no one was injured.

The Seminole Tribe's police department and the fire marshal's office will conduct an investigation into the fire, the county fire agency said.

Tampa

Arrest made in DUI manslaughter case

A woman accused of causing a fatal crash in January after driving the wrong way on U.S. 301 was arrested Monday on a DUI manslaughter charge.

Monica L. Main, 33, of Thonotosassa was driving a Nissan Murano south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 north of Ohio Avenue at 9 p.m. Jan. 27 when she slammed into a Honda Civic driven by William J. Harrington, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Harrington, 72 of Tampa died at the scene, troopers said.

Main was being held at the Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Jail records show she is a clerk at a Kay Jewelers.

Tampa

2 convenience stores robbed within hours

Police were investigating Monday a pair of overnight robberies at two Tampa convenience stores.

The first robbery happened just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Radiant Food Store at 1930 N Dale Mabry Highway. The robber wore a red ski mask, a red hooded sweatshirt, a tan corduroy jacket, dark jeans and white sneakers. He had dirty blond hair, police said.

The second robbery happened just before 4 a.m. at a Sunoco gas station at 3401 E Hillsborough Ave. That robber was described as in his mid 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a dark complexion and a medium build. During the robbery, he wore a black T-shirt with red lettering and gray jeans.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call police at (813) 231-6130.

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