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Stolen yacht freed from sandbar


Stolen yacht is towed away from sandbar

A towing company freed a stolen yacht stuck on a sandbar off North Shore Park, but police said Sunday they'll have to wait for the owner to return to the country before figuring out what is missing from the 56-foot boat. Too Much Fun, worth at least $500,000, was stolen early Saturday from the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina only to be abandoned when it ran aground about 30 yards from the park. Police said the boat had been ransacked, had minor damage and its dinghy was missing. Police were not impressed with the thief's navigation skills. "If you're going to drive around Tampa Bay in a boat that size," said Lt. William Korinek, "you had better know where you are going."


Small fire prompts library evacuation

A small fire prompted the evacuation Sunday of downtown's public library. No one was injured but about 100 patrons and staffers of the John F. Germany library were evacuated just after 3 p.m. An overheated fan in a staff work area on the third floor of the east building caused the fire, chief librarian Andrew Breidenbaugh said Sunday afternoon. It was quickly contained to one room and caused minor damage. The area is not open to the public, and the fire alarm sounded just as people began to smell smoke. The library, at Ashley Drive and Tyler Street, remained closed Sunday while a vent truck cleared smoke by airing out the building. It will reopen today. Tampa Fire District Chief Troy Basham called the fire unusual. An arson investigator was called to the scene.

Police investigate woman's death

Tampa police are investigating the suspicious death of a 53-year-old woman at the J.L. Young Apartment complex at 8220 N Florida Ave., which caters to low-income elderly and disabled adults. Lt. Charles Stanbro said police responded to a call Sunday morning from a man who said he woke up and found his girlfriend dead in a bathtub. Upon arrival, officers noticed "suspicious bruising" on the woman's body. The boyfriend told police the two had stayed up late, partying. Investigators are working to determine whether her death was a homicide.


ID sought for hit-and-run victim

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office wants help identifying the victim of a hit-and-run that happened at 2:20 a.m. Sunday in the area of Bethlehem and Haynes roads. The victim was walking on Bethlehem Road when the driver, Marcos Alfonzo Ramirez, 21, struck the pedestrian and left the scene, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Ramirez was found and arrested at his home, 3841 Bethlehem Road, No. 9. He is charged with driving without a valid driver's license with a serious injury and leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury. The victim was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in serious-stable condition. The man had no identification on him. He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet tall, 130 pounds and 20 to 30 years old. He has a shaved head, light mustache and goatee. He was wearing blue jeans with a gray-white button-down shirt. Anyone with any information about the victim is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

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