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One dead in Seffner house fire


Crews find one person dead in house after fire

Crews fighting a house fire early Sunday discovered a person dead inside. Around 4:45 a.m., Hillsborough County Fire Rescue began receiving emergency calls about a fire at 2509 Giddens Ave. Fire crews arrived to find the one-story house heavily ablaze, but were able to bring it under control in about 10 minutes. After they got inside, crews found the body. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office was trying Sunday to identify the victim through forensic examination, which could take some time, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said. The fire is under investigation by the county and state fire marshals.


Man charged with sexual battery

Police arrested a man Saturday after they say he lured a woman to his home with the promise of payment for sex, then threatened her with a carving knife. Brian Michael Holmes, 28, of Tampa is charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and false imprisonment. He is being held in a Hillsborough County jail without bail. According to a Tampa police arrest affidavit, Holmes taped the woman's wrists with electrical tape, sprayed Lysol in her eyes and forced her to perform sexual acts. When he set the knife down, the woman grabbed it and stabbed Holmes to get away, the affidavit states. Holmes later admitted to police that there was no money and he probably should have let her go, the affidavit states.


Jet's engine fails, forces landing

A Delta Air Lines plane's engine failed in midair over Florida, forcing the flight to make an emergency landing Sunday morning, authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said it was a "contained" engine failure, meaning small parts such as fan blades came out the back of the engine. It was not immediately clear what caused the failure, Bergen said. Sheriff's deputies recovered pieces of what appeared to be the damaged engine from an area near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer. Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the 119 passengers and six crew members on Flight 1846 changed planes and arrived in Minneapolis 3½ hours after the original scheduled arrival. The jet was a Boeing 737-800 with CFM56 engines.

Today's picks


PHCC Encore Academy offers 'Open Office' class: 9 a.m.-noon., Pasco-Hernando Community College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. $18. Toll-free 1-877-879-7422.

Academia Hernando presents "Eleanor Roosevelt During World War II — What We Are Fighting For": 10 a.m., Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $10. (352) 597-0158.


Pasco County Fair: 3-11 p.m., Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger; or pay $16, which includes admission and a wristband for unlimited midway rides. (352) 567-6678 or

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