Man dies after crashing into concrete pole
A 34-year-old Spring Hill man died after he crashed his car into a concrete pole on Sunday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Michael J. Gennusa was westbound on Elgin Boulevard when he left the road on the north side and struck a large pole near Sterling Hills Boulevard. Gennusa was not wearing a seat belt. He died at the scene.
Airline bars man from TIA flight
A man deemed too intoxicated to board an airplane was arrested Saturday night at Tampa International Airport, according to Hillsborough County jail records. Jack Jordan II, 47, of New Hampshire was not allowed to board a Southwest Airlines flight, the arrest report said, because of his intoxicated state. After employees rebooked Jordan for a flight the next day, airport police asked him to leave the terminal. But Jordan refused and shouted obscenities, the report said. Police told him he would be arrested if he did not leave. According to the report, Jordan turned his back to an officer and said, "Go ahead, arrest me." He was charged with trespassing and disorderly intoxication. Jordan was released Sunday morning from Hillsborough County jail on $750 bail.
Man accused of molesting teen
Authorities on Saturday arrested a 23-year-old Tampa man accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met on Facebook, Hillsborough County jail records show. Renot Lapointe started communicating with the teenager on Facebook last summer, according to an arrest affidavit. He told her a fake name and said he was 17. Authorities say between January and March, the two had sex at least twice, at Lapointe's Tampa apartment and 7605 Destin Drive, an address that corresponds with the Winston Recreation Center in Palm River. A deputy found the pair trespassing near the center Saturday morning, the report shows. Lapointe was arrested after providing a false name and birth date. He also faces two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and was held on $15,500 bail.
Man turns self in, charges pending
A man suspected of shooting his former wife and killing her daughter and boyfriend in Lakeland turned himself in at a Hillsborough County jail facility Sunday, authorities said. Charges had not been announced Sunday afternoon for 54-year-old Jose Antonio Negron. Authorities had been searching for Negron since Saturday night, when three people were shot inside a Lakeland home.
Foundation of stone church discovered
University of Florida archaeologists have uncovered the foundation of what they say is a more than 330-year-old stone church in St. Augustine. Archaeologists say it's the oldest church of its kind in the state. The church is believed to have been built in 1677. After English raiders destroyed the church in 1728, the ruins were buried and forgotten. The site is home to a modern church and chapel. Florida Museum of Natural History researcher Gifford Waters says the foundation will be covered back up after the work is finished.
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