Tuesday, January 23, 2018
News Roundup

Man dies after falling out of golf cart in the Villages retirement community

THE VILLAGES

Man dies after falling out of golf cart

A 70-year-old man died Saturday night after falling out of a golf cart in the Villages retirement community, authorities say. David Tillman, a resident of the community, was a passenger in the cart driven by 65-year-old Charles Haines, also a resident of the Villages. Haines was turning left in a roundabout when Tillman fell out and hit the curb, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Tillman was taken to the Villages Regional Hospital, where he died. The incident is under investigation. In June, a 27-year-old Land O'Lakes woman died after also falling from a golf cart. Erika Susan Robinson was a passenger in a cart that was turning into the Lake Padgett Estates East neighborhood when she was ejected into the road.

ST. PETERSBURG

Deputies say claim of robbery false

Earl Jerry Clark told police he was the victim of a crime. The 42-year-old St. Petersburg man said he had been abducted by masked, gun-toting miscreants who forced him to use his girlfriend's credit card to withdraw hundreds of dollars from automated teller machines. But, according to authorities, Clark is the criminal. He was booked Saturday into the Pinellas County Jail after, sheriff's deputies say, he admitted he concocted the story to cover up that he stole the MasterCard himself to pay for prostitutes. An arrest affidavit says Clark made at least three withdrawals totaling $670.90. He is charged with one count each of fraudulent use of a credit card, a felony, and false report of a crime, a misdemeanor. He was held Sunday on $2,150 bail.

TAMPA

No injuries in two early morning fires

No injuries were reported in two fires early Sunday. The first happened when Tampa Fire Rescue was called at 5:34 a.m. to a structure fire at 1706 Idlewild Ave., near Seminole Heights. The fire was quickly contained and doused. Then units were called out at 6:45 a.m. to another structure fire at 822 Island Walk Drive on Harbour Island. Firefighters reported there was light smoke showing when they arrived, and put out the fire. The causes of the fires have not been released.

ST. PETERSBURG

Police make arrest in bank robbery

Police arrested a man Saturday they say robbed a Wells Fargo Bank two days earlier. Stephen Edwin Swiontek, 44, of St. Petersburg was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a felony count of armed robbery. Authorities say Swiontek was caught on surveillance video as he entered the bank at 1000 Tyrone Blvd. N about 9 a.m. Thursday and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The note said he had a firearm. Swiontek fled on a mountain bike with more than $300. Two people were able to identify Swiontek from the surveillance photographs, police said.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, workshop (iPad training), 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

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