A gay rights group called Impact Florida is planning to protest the Dec. 12 wedding of Gov. Charlie Crist and Carole Rome, GaySoFla.com reports. "The demonstration will be peaceful and respectful," Impact Florida spokesperson Lorna Bracewell said in an exclusive interview with GaySoFla.com. The singer/songwriter and Tampa Bay native says the wedding provides an opportunity to shine a light on the injustice and unfairness of Amendment 2, which banned same-sex marriage. "Governor Crist, an outspoken proponent of Amendment 2, is getting married. He is exercising the same fundamental right millions of Floridians are now denied because of the passage of Amendment 2," Bracewell said.
Three sought in Sonic robbery
Police are searching for the two masked men and the driver who robbed a Sonic restaurant at gunpoint Sunday morning. At 6:20 a.m., the masked men approached the store manager and an employee sitting outside the Sonic at 2523 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa police said. The men forced the employees inside and took cash from a safe and the drive-through register. Before they left, one suspect shot the store manager in the right foot. The manager was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital. Police ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS).
CVS offers reward in armed robbery
CVS Pharmacy is offering a $5,000 reward in addition to the $5,000 being offered by Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay and RxPatrol for information leading to an arrest in a robbery and shooting early Saturday at the CVS store at 11212 N Dale Mabry Highway. A clerk who was shot in the chest remained in critical condition Sunday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Gun turned on robber, police say
A robber ended up on the other side of his gun Saturday night when one of his victims seized the weapon and held the man until police arrived. Tampa police say Jerome Haggins, 42, walked into the house at 1801 1/2 N Nebraska Ave. at 11 p.m. and ordered six men to the ground, and to give up their wallets and jewelry, authorities said. Then, he told them to disrobe. When Haggins noticed one man had not handed over his bracelet, he put his pistol on a table, walked over and snatched the bracelet. Another victim grabbed the gun and ordered Haggins to the ground. Haggins, of 2802 Lake Ave E, remained in Orient Road Jail Sunday without bail.
Man arrested in home invasion
Pinellas County deputies arrested a 21-year-old man Sunday in connection with an armed, home-invasion robbery. A resident opened the front door at 7166 61st St. N in unincorporated Pinellas Park after Matthew S. Hixon, arrived about 3 a.m., deputies say. Brandishing a handgun, Hixon pushed his way inside and demanded cash from three residents. After hitting one with the gun, Hixon fled in a green 1995 Ford Aerostar van with the cash, authorities said. The victims and Hixon knew each other. Hixon was arrested about two hours later on several counts.