Man shot in Ybor City robbery

TAMPA

Man shot after leaving bar in Ybor City

A man was shot during a robbery early Sunday after leaving the Broadway Bar in Ybor City, police said. The victim was walking to his truck parked in a Seventh Avenue parking lot about 2 a.m. when a vehicle pulled up with three men inside, a police report said. Two of them jumped out and one, armed with a 9mm handgun, shot the victim once in his side. A second shot missed, the report said. One of the robbers then grabbed the victim's Jesus charm necklace, pulled down his pants, and jumped back into the car and fled, the report said. The victim was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in good condition. Police are searching for the three men, who were driving a dark-colored four-door vehicle.

HOMOSASSA

Teenager dies in rollover crash

A teenager died in a Citrus County rollover crash Saturday night after the Jeep she was riding in flipped on a dirt road. Samantha Harris, 16, was a passenger in the 1996 Jeep driven by Kelly Harris, 17, when the crash occurred near the intersection of Cardinal Street and Hilltop Road in Homosassa, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Kelly Harris, the driver, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and released.

DELRAY BEACH

2nd horse positive for West Nile virus

The Palm Beach County Health Department is monitoring mosquito-borne illnesses after a second horse tested positive for the West Nile virus. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday that the latest case was found in Delray Beach. The Health Department confirmed the two cases of the virus and two cases of eastern equine encephalitis in horses. State officials advise horse owners to vaccinate their animals or bring booster shots up to date. Several sentinel chickens have tested positive for mosquito-borne illnesses across Florida, including West Nile virus in Hernando County. Two deaths from eastern equine encephalitis were reported in Hillsborough County in July, which is unusual since only five to 10 such cases are reported annually nationwide. To reduce the risk of being bitten, health officials suggest people avoid being outside during dusk and dawn.

WEST PALM BEACH

Looking to adopt a black cat? Wait

Some Palm Beach County animal shelters aren't allowing for black cat adoptions until after Halloween — fearing for the cats' safety. The Palm Beach Post reported Saturday that at least three shelters have halted adoptions of black cats because of fears that the cats will be used for sacrificial rituals. Or that people looking for a Halloween party decoration will return the cat days later. Karen Buchan with the county's Animal Care and Control says this avoids putting the cat in an unsafe environment.

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PASCO COUNTY

'Azul Totalmente' exhibit: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Art Gallery, Alric C.T. Pottberg Library, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3229.

Pumpkin patch: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Holiday Community Fellowship Church, 5144 Sunray Drive. (727) 944-4773.

Compiled from Times staff and wire reports

Man shot in Ybor City robbery 10/17/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 12:50am]

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