Fire pit log is blamed for house fire
A log from a fire pit may have started a house fire that caused minor injuries to two people early Sunday, authorities said. Fire crews responded to a house fire about 1:40 a.m. at 1263 20th Ave. SW, near Largo. One of the home's residents, George Bugarin, 34, was putting out a fire in a pit in the front yard. He removed a piece of firewood that he thought had not heated up and put it back in a woodpile next to the home, Pinellas County sheriff's detectives said. He then went inside. Shortly after, the family smelled smoke. Members of the family tried to put out the fire with a garden hose but were unsuccessful. Emergency crews took Bugarin and his mother, 63-year-old Diane Bugarin, to Largo Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Both have been released. Investigators say the home was a total loss.
Teen found after apparent suicide
Hillsborough County sheriff's detectives found the body of a missing 18-year-old Sunday in a woods not far from her home. Anita Mira appeared to have committed suicide, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. Mira walked out of her Valrico home on Dec. 4 after a dispute with her parents that led them to take away her cell phone and car privileges. She had left home in the past but always returned home after a day or two. This time, family members found handwritten notes indicating the teen had suicidal thoughts. Detectives found her body just after 3 p.m. in a wood approximately 3 1/2 blocks from her home, authorities said.
Attorney may be state prosecutor
A judge and two lawyers who work for state agencies, one of whom is from Tampa, were nominated for appointment as Florida's next statewide prosecutor. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission announced the finalists last week after interviewing five applicants in Tampa. Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi, who takes office Jan. 4, will make the appointment to a four-year term. The nominees are:
• Nicholas Bernard Cox, regional director for the Department of Children & Families in Tampa.
• Miami-Dade County Court Judge Andrew S. Hague.
• Haccord J. Curry Jr., assistant general counsel for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Lauderdale.
Crist donation refund case fails
A state appeals court has ruled against Republican donors who were trying to get party-switching Gov. Charlie Crist to return their campaign donations. The 2nd District Court of Appeal declined last week to hear appeals of two GOP donors who tried to keep Crist from spending $7.5 million in campaign donations and who also sought class-action status for the effort. The ruling means that donors seeking refunds will have to file individual lawsuits.
History Club presents "Understanding the War of 1812": 1:30 p.m., New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 376-1077.
Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., Zephyrhills.