This is not the definition of brotherly love
Clearwater police have arrested a man they say not only robbed his brother, but hit him in the face, pointed a gun at him and shot his car. Jose L. Santos, 31, of Oldsmar, faces four felony charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary (with assault or battery) and shooting a deadly missile into an unoccupied vehicle. He is being held in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. According to police, Santos entered his brother's residence in Clearwater on Monday afternoon. At that time, he struck his brother multiple times, pointed a .40-caliber handgun at him and burglarized the residence, police said. Santos also used the gun to fire into the victim's car, police said.
Fund arranged for crash victim's care
Friends and family of Andrew Hall, the 19-year-old Safety Harbor resident who lost his leg to a suspected drunken driver April 20, have set up a fund to help pay for his care. Hall has cerebral palsy and had battled much of his life in order to walk. He remains hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center. To donate, go to any SunTrust Bank and make a deposit to the Andrew S. Hall Charitable Fund, or mail a deposit to SunTrust Bank, Mail Teller, P.O. Box 27572, Richmond, Va., 23261-7572.
Boyfriend charged with child abuse
Police arrested a Largo man early Tuesday, accusing him of beating his girlfriend's child last year after the child's diaper came loose and feces spilled onto a bed. Aenri Ellis, 23, was held on $100,000 bail and charged with aggravated child abuse, authorities said. He was picked up on a warrant issued Dec. 2. The victim, a 2-year-old boy whose identity was withheld, sustained pancreatic and liver injuries from blows to his lower chest and abdomen in September 2008. Police also found "belt-like" marks on the child's back, according to the warrant. Ellis apparently "lost it" after discovering the feces on the bed, the warrant said.
Young bald eagle has left its nest
The first bald eagle chick to grow up at Honeymoon Island State Park in at least 40 years survived long enough to fly off the nest. When Dan Larremore, the park's environmental specialist, checked the Osprey Trail on Thursday, he found lots of wet ospreys preening on their nests. But the eagle nest was empty. It was still empty Saturday. So a barricade at the trail's north end has been removed and the trail is open once again. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, eagles fly within three months of hatching and are on their own about a month later. But disease, lack of food, bad weather and human interference kill many. Studies show that about 70 percent of eaglets survive their first year.
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