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A 24-year-old Tampa woman was arrested on multiple child abuse and lewd and lascivious battery charges. Deputies say they discovered her in a van with four juveniles, encouraging them to smoke marijuana. Marbelis Margarita Dorado of 2920 W Giddens Ave. was spotted in a 2004 Dodge Caravan around 9:35 p.m. in Mort Park, on E 148th Street, which closes at sundown. The responding deputy smelled marijuana when he approached the van and saw four teenagers inside, two 14-year-olds and two 15-year-olds. Dorado admitted providing and encouraging the teens to smoke pot, deputies say. She also was charged in connection with an Aug. 30 complaint filed by the mother of one of the 15-year-old males in the van, accusing Dorado of having had a sexual relationship with the boy. Dorado admitted she has been involved with the boy for two months, deputies say. She faces four counts of child abuse, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana and five of lewd or lascivious battery. She is being held at Orient Road Jail with bail set at $48,000.


Substitute teacher accused in stabbing

A 58-year-old Hillsborough County substitute teacher was arrested Friday, accused of stabbing his roommate during an argument, then elbowing his arresting officer. Detectives say James Jones Jr. of 1009 Old Field Drive stabbed his roommate in the upper back, leaving a 2-inch cut. Jones chased his roommate around the house, then out to the street, according to an arrest affidavit. Jones is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer and obstructing or opposing an officer with violence. He is being held at the Orient Road Jail with bail set at $11,500.


Jail inmate dies 3 days after hanging

A Hillsborough County inmate who tried to hang himself died Thursday, three days after a detention deputy found him standing next to a door with a sheet around his neck. Raphael Lopez, 28, died at Tampa General Hospital. Lopez was booked March 14 into the Faulkenburg Road Jail. A native of Mexico with no address listed in jail records, he was being held on charges of burglary on an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief. He was being held in a single-inmate cell designed to separate inmates from general population, Carter said. Carter said the cause of death was an apparent suicide.

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