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Morris' trial in killings of two officers to be held in Tampa

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Morris' trial in killings of two police officers will be in Tampa

Dontae Morris will be tried for the killings of two police officers in Tampa, a judge ruled Friday, not Orlando. Morris, 28, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Tampa Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, shot to death during a traffic stop in June 2010. The jurors for the trial will come from Orlando, Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente ruled Friday, but the trial will be held in Tampa, according to Bay News 9. Morris was already convicted this year by an Orange County jury of murder for a different 2010 shooting, and he's serving a mandatory life prison sentence. He faces the death penalty if convicted of killing the officers.

Several ways to dispose of old can

If you're wondering what to do with your old garbage can once Hillsborough County starts its new collection system, here's a solution: Leave it at the curb. The county will collect your old garbage can the week of Sept. 23 if you leave a note on it. Otherwise, you can put it inside your new, county-issued garbage cart the week of Sept. 30. Or take it to any of the county's community collection centers. As part of automated collection service starting this month, all county residential garbage customers are getting standardized garbage cans.

Family tied up, robbed by at least two men, deputies say

Authorities were searching for at least two men who tied up and robbed a Riverview family late Thursday night. Christina Weber, 34, woke just after 10 p.m. to see a man hovering over her bed at 11200 Tucker Road, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. The man covered Weber's head, tied her up with rope and dragged her into the living room. One of the men then pulled a 13-year-old boy out of the room where he was sleeping, bound him with rope and brought him into the living room as well. Deputies said Weber and the boy were held for nearly two hours while the men waited for Charles J. Sanders, 60, to return home. When Sanders walked in the men struck him on the head, tied him up and ransacked the house before taking off in Sanders' silver 2002 Chevy Astro van, deputies said. Inside the house, one of the family members broke loose and called for help just after midnight Friday. Sanders was treated for cuts on his head, but Weber and the boy weren't injured. Deputies were still looking Friday for the two or three men involved in the robbery.

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