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Lakeland man charged in Ybor City rape after DNA match


DNA match leads to man's arrest in May Ybor City rape

A Lakeland man was arrested Friday after a DNA test produced a positive match in a May rape case, Tampa police said.

Charles Newbold attacked the 24-year-old victim in her home, which is a converted bus, in historic Ybor City on May 27, police said. Crime scene investigators recovered DNA and matched it to Newbold.

A few hours after the attack, the woman posted some details on Twitter. Police asked her to stop posting about the rape.

On her Twitter feed, the victim's first post about the rape said: "Ybor- 6'2 black man w scruffy beard blue shirt tan shorts driving commercial truck call me. broke into (the bus) & raped me. Glad im alive."

Police arrested Newbold at a Lakeland gas station. He is facing charges of sexual battery and burglary, police said. Newbold has a lengthy criminal history, including narcotics charges.


Park is closed after several holes appear

Dorset Park has been closed indefinitely as officials investigate the cause of several depressions that turned up on the ground late Friday, officials said.

The park is a block from two homes on S Disston Avenue where three deep sinkholes appeared Thursday. Those craters have been filled, but city officials have yet to determine their cause.

The depressions in the park are about 6 inches deep, said Tarpon Springs public works director Thomas Funcheon. One is in the tennis courts and stretches about 12 feet wide. The other is in the baseball outfield and is about 8 feet wide, Funcheon said.

Funcheon said that he didn't believe there were sinkholes in the park, and that no buildings in the park were threatened. He said workers would begin analyzing the ground with special equipment on Monday to determine if sinkholes are present and what caused the depressions.

Tarpon Springs police have cordoned off the park indefinitely.


Orlando man charged with molesting girl, 5

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested an Orlando man Saturday on charges that he sexually abused a 5-year-old girl.

Deputies said Walter Hutton, 27, molested the girl on May 29. On Friday, they said, the child revealed what happened to a family member, who told the girl's mother. Deputies said the crime occurred while Hutton was babysitting the girl in a private home.

Hutton of 5421 Lake Margaret Drive in Orlando was arrested after a traffic stop in Palm Harbor about 11 a.m. Saturday, deputies said. He was charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 and was held in the Pinellas County Jail.


No one injured in fire at recycling plant

Firefighters continued Saturday evening to tackle a blaze that began in the early hours of Saturday morning inside a recycling plant.

The plant at County Road 579 and Bessie Dix Road burned for more than 13 hours as nine firefighting units attempted to extinguish it, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

No one was inside the plant when the fire was reported at 5:42 a.m., and no injuries have been reported. Water was being used to douse still-burning sections of the plant. State fire marshals will investigate to determine a cause and assess the damage after the fire is out.

Times staff

Lakeland man charged in Ybor City rape after DNA match 06/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 9:28pm]
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