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Safety Harbor driver dies after car hits utility pole

CLEARWATER

Woman dies after her car hits utility pole

A Safety Harbor woman died late Saturday after losing control of her car and slamming into a utility pole, police said. Jillian Lacey Rivers, 25, was driving a 2000 Nissan south on U.S. 19 just before 11 p.m. when she struck a utility pole at 25400 U.S. 19 N. Police said they do not yet know why she lost control. Clearwater Fire Rescue pronounced her dead at the scene. She was the only occupant of the car, and no other vehicles were involved, police said.

TAMPA

Fire displaces three families

Three families are out of a home after fire crews battled an apartment fire Sunday morning. The fire broke out at the Brookside Apartments, 8409 Del Rio Way, about 5:30 a.m., said Capt. Lonnie Benniefield of Tampa Fire Rescue. There are six units in the building and the fire was contained mostly to three units, Benniefield said. No one was injured. The Red Cross was alerted to help the displaced families.

BARTOW

Investigators look at inmate's death

Central Florida authorities are investigating the death of a jail inmate. Polk County sheriff's detectives say 46-year-old Gerald Jacobs died early Saturday at a hospital. According to a sheriff's report, Jacobs began complaining of severe stomach pains. He was taken to the jail infirmary and then to a hospital, where he died. An autopsy was scheduled Sunday and the Sheriff's Office has begun an internal review. Authorities say Jacobs was serving a 120-day sentence in the Polk County jail for violation of probation battery domestic violence and violation of probation resisting arrest without violence.

COCOA BEACH

Surfer dies in rough Atlantic

Central Florida officials say rip currents and rough waters caused by hurricanes churning in the Atlantic have claimed the life of a surfer. Brevard County Fire Rescue Lt. Jeffrey Taylor said the man was found unconscious Saturday in an unsupervised area at Cocoa Beach. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died. Officials say about 50 people had to be rescued from rip currents at Cocoa Beach, and 20 more rescues were made at other beaches in the county. Volusia County beach patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn says rescuers also pulled a couple of dozen people from the surf.

ISLAMORADA

Traffic stops find shark meat, drugs

Traffic stops throughout the Florida Keys have turned up caches of shark meat, sailfish and whole lobsters. Police, immigration officers and federal drug agents set up checkpoints over the weekend along U.S. 1, the island chain's main artery. Monroe County sheriff's Sgt. Alberto Ramirez says radiographic imaging was used to help search vehicles for hidden compartments containing contraband. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agents say two trucks stopped at one checkpoint contained more than 300 pounds of shark meat, two sailfish and $5,000 worth of lobster. The Sheriff's Office says a drug-sniffing dog found crack cocaine, powered cocaine, marijuana and prescription narcotics.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

Safety Harbor driver dies after car hits utility pole 08/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 1:22am]

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