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Man arrested after scaling Tampa International Airport fence during police chase


Officers chase man over tia security fence

A man was arrested early Sunday after leading police on a chase that ended with him scaling a barbed-wire fence surrounding Tampa International Airport, authorities said. Officers tried about 1 a.m. to stop a car driven by Michael S. Johnson, 27, of Tampa near 4400 W Tampa Bay Blvd., according to an arrest report. Johnson accelerated, sparking a chase. He crashed into a patrol car before hitting a fence, police said. He bailed out and climbed the fence. Officers continued to chase him onto the airport property, police said. He was booked into a Hillsborough County jail on $19,750 bail, facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, driving while license revoked, reckless driving and trespassing.

Firefighter injured controlling blaze

Crews extinguished a blaze Sunday evening that damaged an East Tampa home and slightly injured a firefighter. No one was inside the single-story house at 3222 Lindell Ave. at 5:55 p.m. when the fire was reported, officials said. Tampa Fire Rescue units arrived within three minutes and forced open the front door to fight the flames. One firefighter was taken to Tampa General Hospital after suffering a minor burn to the knee, fire officials said. No one else was injured. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes. A damage estimate was not yet known, officials said. The cause and origin were being investigated. Authorities were trying Sunday evening to contact the owner of the home.

Police seeking stabbing suspect

Police were searching for a man who stabbed another man in the arm Sunday evening during an attempted robbery in New Tampa. The victim was walking on the sidewalk about 6:30 p.m. in front of the Walmart Supercenter at 19910 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. The suspect asked for the victim's wallet. When the victim did not hand it over, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the forearm before fleeing, police said. The wound appeared minor, police said. Anyone with information can contact police at (813) 231-6130.


Man who fell from dock is identified

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released the name Sunday of the man who died after falling off his dock and into the water. James Leroy Cooper, 69, fell into the water near his house Saturday night, according to the Sheriff's Office, which was called to the home at 13631 Stacey Drive about 6:20 p.m. A neighbor reported seeing Cooper fall. Cooper was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine an exact cause of death.

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