police fear missing man is in danger
A 34-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday night after going to pick up food for his wife may be in danger, police said. Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating him and his car. Emilio J. Martinez-Rodriguez left his home at 2125 W Dallas Ave. about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said he may have returned home, but didn't make it inside. Police think he is in danger, but did not say why. He is 6 feet tall with an olive complexion, short brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He has tattoos of a cross on his lower back, a heart with tribal designs on the back of his left shoulder and Japanese characters on his right biceps. He was driving a 2007, four-door, gray Toyota with tinted windows, police said. The Tampa Bay Bucs license plate has tag number B2AKC, and there is damage to the front passenger door. Call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.
Two charged with attempted murder
Hillsborough County deputies arrested two men and charged them with attempted murder after a shooting at an apartment complex Wednesday. Donald Bass and Bobby Holmes, both 20 and of Tampa, were charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and armed burglary of a conveyance. Just before 11 p.m., two suspects with guns approached a man checking his mail at the Bay Pointe Colony apartments on Seaford Circle, off Skipper Road, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. The man told the gunmen he didn't have any money but they could take his car, deputies said. After finding nothing of value in the car, one of the assailants fired shots in the victim's direction, striking him in the right arm. Deputies said they found Bass and Holmes, who fit descriptions of the assailants, in a neighboring apartment complex. The wounded man was taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.
Fire burns through roof of house
Flames tore through the roof and destroyed a one-story home in north Hillsborough County on Thursday, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the fire at 16009 Pennington Place. Firefighters responded to the call at 1:40 p.m. and were quickly ordered to evacuate the house because it was unsafe. It didn't appear anyone was home at the time of the fire, officials said.
Lawyer appointed to county court
Lawyer Herbert M. Berkowitz of Temple Terrace has been appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to fill a Hillsborough County Court vacancy. Berkowitz, 63, has been in private practice since 1980. From 1973 to 1980, he was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant U.S. attorney. He received his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, the Governor's Office said. Berkowitz will fill a county court vacancy created by the appointment of Cheryl K. Thomas to the Circuit Court bench.