Man dies after losing control of HIS VEHICLE
A 39-year-old Spring Hill man died after he lost control of his sport utility vehicle and was thrown from it Saturday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers said Douglas W. Adkinson was westbound on Northcliffe Boulevard at a high rate of speed about 6:30 p.m. As he approached Century Drive, he lost control of his SUV and veered onto the north shoulder, troopers said. The vehicle overturned several times, striking a light pole and eventually vaulting through the intersection. Adkinson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the SUV as it flipped. He died at the scene.
Flight diverted on report of smoke
A Delta Air Lines flight was diverted to Tampa when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit Sunday afternoon, according to airport officials. Flight 1147 landed safely at Tampa International Airport, where airport fire authorities were examining the aircraft to determine the source of the smoke, said airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan. The Boeing 767 was traveling from Atlanta with a scheduled arrival in West Palm Beach. The aircraft landed in Tampa as a precautionary measure and taxied to a Delta gate, Geoghagan said.
Ditched car linked to missing soldier
A car abandoned on Interstate 75 belongs to an Army soldier missing from Fort Stewart, Ga., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Jerry James Beck, 35, was reported missing by his family last week. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Transportation's Road Rangers tagged his brown Toyota Corolla, left on the highway under the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway. On Saturday, the car was linked to the missing person's report. "We don't suspect foul play," said sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway. Deputies searched with dogs and a helicopter but found nothing, authorities said. The keys were left inside the vehicle. The Sheriff's Office is working on the case with the Hinesville, Ga., police. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.
Woman strangled in park, police say
A 30-year-old woman found dead Saturday morning in a wooded area at Picnic Island Park was strangled to death, according to police. Tampa police said 36-year-old William Gibbons killed Kimberly Turner. Gibbons faces a charge of second-degree murder. During the police investigation, Gibbons initially denied going to Picnic Island with Turner, according to arrest records. Police said Gibbons later admitted to killing Turner by strangulation. A person walking in the park near Port Tampa found Turner, police said.
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