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Tampa chase ends, driver hits squad car head-on

An 18-year-old without a driver's license led police on a high-speed chase Sunday morning that ended when he rammed a corporal's cruiser head-on, police said. Javareia Keyante Stewart, of 9025 Westchester Circle, sped down back roads, plowed through parking lots and accelerated to more than 110 mph as he tried to elude police about 2:30 a.m., police reported. The chase began when officers spotted Stewart near Interstate 275 and Busch Boulevard. He was driving a 2008 silver Mercury that had been reported stolen in Hillsborough County last month, police said. Stewart sped north on I-275 when an officer tried to pull him over. As police with flashing lights followed, he exited at Fowler Avenue, headed west, drove through several parking lots and crashed into a cruiser in a parking lot at 22nd Street and Fowler, police said. Stewart was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, marijuana possession, auto burglary, residential burglary and resisting arrest. He was being held in the Orient Road Jail on $48,000 bail Sunday night.


Police seek info on fatal stabbing

Police on Sunday were investigating the fatal stabbing of a Clearwater man. Police identified the victim as Vasilios Vorvis, 41. No arrests were reported. At 4:42 a.m. Sunday, police were called to 1462 Grove St. after a neighbor heard the screams of Vorvis' elderly mother, who apparently discovered her son gravely injured. Vorvis was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Detectives believe Vorvis knew his attacker or attackers. Anybody with information is asked to call Clearwater police at (727) 562-4422.


Guns, ammunition stolen from home

Authorities say more than a dozen guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition valued at more than $9,500 have been stolen from a North Florida home. Marion County sheriff's deputies says the burglary occurred sometime Wednesday or Thursday at the home in Reddick, north of Ocala. It's the second time in two weeks that thieves have broken into a building and made off with an assortment of weapons. More than $9,000 in ammunition was taken from a store two weeks ago. Ocala police arrested three teenagers within days in connection with that theft.


Palm Beach lands 2010 soccer event

The International Polo Club Palm Beach will host a national soccer tournament in 2010 that is estimated to generate at least $7-million for the area. The American Youth Soccer Organization announced over the weekend that Palm Beach County will be the site of its 2010 National Games. An estimated 24 boys and girls teams — from under-12 to under-19 divisions — will compete on 30 fields at the polo grounds during the July 4 weekend two years from now. That is expected to bring about 10,000 to 15,000 spectators, according to the sports commission, which put up a $25,000 grant to secure the tournament.

Times staff, wires

Tampa chase ends, driver hits squad car head-on 07/06/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2008 5:36pm]
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