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Homeless man stabbed in Tarpon Springs; one arrested


Homeless man stabbed; one is arrested

A homeless man was stabbed this week during a fight at a transient camp in the woods near the former Tarpon Pines Mobile Home Park at 1103 S Pinellas Ave. Mark W. Gorwin, 51, was charged Sunday with aggravated battery after police said he stabbed Robert Deegan, 43, in the back of the head, neck and underarm. Police said Gorwin and Deegan, both homeless, were drinking beer and arguing throughout the evening before the stabbing occurred about 10:25 p.m., police said. Deegan made his way to a nearby convenience store and flagged down a good Samaritan, who called police. He was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was treated and released.


Cause of Aerosonic fire still unknown

Fire officials have finished their physical examination of the Aerosonic building in Clearwater, which caught fire last weekend. Samuel Venzeio, spokesman for the state fire marshal, said it could take a few months to get the forensic results back. Until then, the cause of the fire will remain undetermined, Venzeio said.

Police say woman may have shot self

Jackie London, the woman who was at first thought to be the victim of a home invasion at her Countryside area home Tuesday afternoon, apparently shot herself, according to police. Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts would not say where the bullet entered, except that it was somewhere in the lower portion of London's body. She was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where the injury, which was superficial, was treated. London, 46, is being evaluated. Daly-Watts said investigators concluded that London staged a home invasion/robbery to cover up financial problems. No charges had been filed late Wednesday.


Dog that bit child is put to death

The dog that bit a 6-year-old Safety Harbor boy on the head Aug. 3 was put to death Wednesday by Pinellas County Animal Services. The pit bull and German shepherd mix named Tucker had been under a 10-day quarantine after the attack on Tydal Sugar.

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Countryside's Pete Kontodiakis is the top-ranked punter in the country according to, and he showcased his skills this summer at Ray Guy kicking camps. Preps, 7C

Pinellas deaths

Brown, Alice

Clarke, Patricia A. "Kelley"

Desmond, Stella

Kauffman, Donald F.

Magin, Joan E.

Meindersma, Marie E.

Pinard, Lorraine

Pinggera, John J.

Rondos, Stephen

Schofer, Laura Parker

Settles, Margaret

Tuell, Doris

Tuskan, Carolyn Nancy

Ward, Jack Ronald

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Homeless man stabbed in Tarpon Springs; one arrested 08/13/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2008 1:51pm]
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