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No one hurt in fire at Tampa pawnshop

TAMPA

Pawnshop fire causes damage, no injuries

A North Tampa pawnshop caught fire early Saturday morning. No one was injured.

It happened at about 5:40 a.m. at the Value Pawn, 11345 N Nebraska Ave. Crews had the blaze under control in about an hour. Tampa Fire Marshal's Office investigators determined that an electrical problem in the attic space sparked the fire. Losses are estimated at about $200,000.

ST. PETERSBURG

Man, 19, accused of abusing infant

Police arrested a 19-year-old man they say abused a 3-month-old baby in his care last year.

Steve Allen Callaway of 3518 15th Ave. S was arrested Friday night on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

Police believe Callaway abused the infant sometime between 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and about 5:15 a.m. Dec. 11, according to an arrest affidavit. The baby sustained abusive head trauma, the report said, including bleeding in the brain.

The relationship between Callaway and the child is unknown.

According to the affidavit, Callaway has denied the abuse allegations, although he admitted he was the only person caring for the child during that time.

Callaway told authorities the baby has acid reflux and began to vomit that day.

"He claimed that he cleared the baby's nose with a nasal aspirator and patted the baby on the back," an officer wrote.

A doctor indicated Callaway's version was not consistent with the infant's injuries, the report said.

Callaway remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday. Bail has not been set.

PINELLAS PARK

Woman struck, killed by hit-and-run driver

An Indian Rocks Beach woman just three days shy of her 51st birthday was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver Friday night, police said.

Jeanne Marie Fisher was struck in the 9700 block of 66th Street N about 7:30 p.m., Pinellas Park police said. She was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and died there just after 10:30 p.m., police said.

Fisher was crossing the street and had stopped on the median before being struck in the center northbound lane. Police said she had just left a nearby restaurant and was making her way back to a tattoo shop she'd visited earlier.

Police believe the car is a Ford sport utility vehicle. They say it should be missing its right side mirror and casing and have damage to its right front, including a broken yellow turn signal lens.

Police are asking anyone who has information to call (727) 541-0758 or contact Sgt. T. Schofield at (727) 647-0175.

MIAMI

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez has filed a lawsuit to block his March 15 recall election.

Alvarez claims that numerous recall petitions are invalid because of technical flaws, leaving too few valid signatures for a recall election. It also claims that the way signatures were collected for the petitions violates state law.

Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin says he stands by his office's certification of the petitions.

Billionaire Norman Braman launched the recall campaign after the County Commission approved the mayor's proposed budget, raising the property tax rate while giving raises to most county workers.

MIAMI

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Eight Miami-Dade County nurses have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for helping two agencies fleece millions from Medicare.

The nurses worked for two home health care agencies, ABC Home Health and Florida Home Health Care Provider.

According to the Justice Department, each of the eight nurses pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The nurses admitted falsifying patient records for Medicare beneficiaries to make it seem like they qualified for services from the two agencies.

The nurses' prison sentences range from five months to 21/2 years. Each has been ordered to pay restitution. Those amounts range from roughly $66,000 up to $699,000.

Times staff and wires

No one hurt in fire at Tampa pawnshop 02/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 5, 2011 9:00pm]

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