Jury selection begins in case of slain teens
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of Luc Pierre-Charles, one of two men accused of shooting two Wesley Chapel teenagers in July 2006 in the heat of a violent drug trade. Derek Pieper, 17, and Raymond Veluz, 18, were found shot in the back on a dirt road in Trilby. Prosecutors say Pieper, a Wesley Chapel High School student, had known and bought drugs from Pierre-Charles but was becoming afraid of him. Pierre-Charles suspected Pieper had snitched on him to other drug dealers, a friend later told authorities. When Pieper and Veluz came over to buy some marijuana, authorities say, Pierre-Charles and his friend Tyree Jenkins shot them. Pierre-Charles' trial is expected to last into next week. The state is seeking the death penalty.
Man killed in fire was store owner
The man killed over the weekend in a fire at Liberty Fireworks was identified Monday as the store owner, Angelo Carbone. Carbone, of 10927 Inglewood Ave. in New Port Richey, died a week before his 40th birthday. An electrical short in the wall caused the fire about 6 p.m. Saturday at the store, 3508 U.S. 19 in Holiday, according to preliminary information from the Sheriff's Office. The blaze then ignited the fireworks, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office said it does not suspect foul play in the fire or Carbone's death. A finding on the cause of death is pending toxicology results from the medical examiner's office.
To donate money to the Petersen family to help buy Jennifer Petersen a training dog, make checks payable to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10167, 4619 Bartelt Road in Holiday, and send them to Judy Kennedy, benefit chairwoman, at P.O. Box 433, Elfers, FL 34680. A Sunday story incorrectly identified where donations should go.
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