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St. Petersburg gas station robbed while toddler inside

ST. PETERSBURG

EXXON STATION ROBBED WHILE CHILD IS INSIDE

The Exxon gas station at 825 49th St. N was robbed Friday night while a 2-year-old child was inside, police said. No one was injured. The robber entered the store about 9:40 p.m. and "implied he had a gun," police said. The clerk's boyfriend and 2-year-old son were in the store, police said. The robber told them to put the child in a back room and hand over all the money. The robber emptied a cash box under the counter and ran out, taking the store's phone with him. Police say the robbery was caught on surveillance video and the store clerk identified the robber as David James Cash, 19, of 700 50th St. N. He was arrested on a charge of robbery and violating probation from a previous robbery conviction. He is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

LARGO

Man charged with sexual battery

A 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday on charges he sexually battered two girls, ages 16 and 17. The first incident happened in December, Largo police said, and the second just hours before Charles Nathan Davis was arrested. Davis faces two counts of sexual battery of a victim over the age of 12. He is in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. Largo police said both victims reported they were asleep when they awoke to find Davis standing over them and touching them inappropriately. In the latest incident early Saturday, the 17-year-old victim said she struggled to shield herself from the assault but Davis kept trying to move her hands.

TAMPA

Condition of teen hurt in crash improves

Andrew Frank Morris, the 16-year-old who was driving a sport utility vehicle that killed a sheriff's captain, was upgraded Saturday to serious but stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital. Morris, a junior at Nature Coast Technical High School, was previously listed in critical condition. His family said doctors placed their son in a medically induced coma after 81/2 hours of surgery Thursday night. About midnight that morning, Morris left his Weeki Wachee home in his parents' 2002 Mitsubishi Montero without their permission. Capt. Scott Bierwiler, 42 was driving on Powell Road, heading to work in Brooksville. About 5:45 a.m., authorities said, the teen's SUV crossed the center line and struck Bierwiler's unmarked patrol car head-on. Bierwiler died instantly.

BOCA RATON

2001 anthrax victim gets powder in mail

A company at the center of a deadly 2001 anthrax attack was evacuated again after a letter containing white powder arrived at its office. Tabloid publisher American Media Inc. evacuated for about 45 minutes Friday until police determined the powder was harmless. It publishes the National Enquirer, Star magazine and other titles. A photo editor at the company died after inhaling anthrax in the 2001 attack.

St. Petersburg gas station robbed while toddler inside 02/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 21, 2009 9:30pm]
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