Passenger shot while truck sits at traffic light
A man shot and injured a passenger in a pickup truck during evening rush hour Monday in a possible act of road rage, authorities said. Kristen Craig, 45, of Brandon was driving a Ford F-150 east on Causeway Boulevard with a passenger, William Seago, 45, also of Brandon. Just after 6 p.m., Craig stopped at a traffic light at U.S. 301, and a man driving a sport utility vehicle got out and came up to the passenger side of the truck. The man fired a gun twice, hitting Seago in the leg, arm and chest, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Seago was taken to Tampa General Hospital with what the Sheriff's Office said were injuries that were not life-threatening. The shooter got back into his SUV and drove south on U.S. 301. Craig told investigators she may have cut off the other driver. Deputies ask that anyone with information about the shooting call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).
Defendant guilty in fatal shooting
It took a jury two hours Friday to find 23-year-old Tyrell Bragg guilty of second-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Iesha Washington. The emotional weeklong trial included testimony from Washington's sister, Ishia Washington, 21. She recounted the night two years ago when she saw her 18-year-old sister get shot in the head at a Riverview dance party off U.S. 41. The gathering outside the crowded union hall in July 2011 culminated in a series of fights between residents of adjacent Tampa area neighborhoods, Washington testified. It was after one of those fights that a bullet struck her sister in the head. The shot that killed her had been intended for her brother, Darrell Hernandez, who had brawled with Bragg outside the union hall, prosecutors said. Washington testified that she saw Bragg advancing toward the car in which the siblings were riding moments before her sister was shot. Bragg will be sentenced Oct. 4.
Rent collector says she stole money
A rent collector for the Pinellas County Housing Authority pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to stealing $23,126 while on duty. Keomala Phandara Khammanivong, 32, altered money orders intended for the housing authority and deposited them into her personal bank account, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported. She could face up to 10 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set. She worked at the French Villas public housing complex from 2008 to 2012, a court record says.
Funeral service set for football legend
A service for former NFL great Rick Casares, a Tampa native who died last week at 82, is scheduled for Wednesday morning. At Jefferson High School, he played football, baseball and basketball and set a state record in the javelin toss. In 2007, the Florida High School Athletic Association ranked him among the 100 greatest football players in state history. Mr. Casares became a star fullback for the University of Florida, where he scored the first touchdown in the Gators' first-ever bowl game. He later played for the Chicago Bears. Mr. Casares was born in Tampa on July 4, 1931. He died Friday at his Tampa home. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 N Dale Mabry Highway. A service will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be private.