Times' new book traces history of the bay area
The St. Petersburg Times' limited-edition coffee table book, 125 Years: Tampa Bay Through the Times, is now available. The hardcover edition features more than 200 pages of black-and-white and color photos and historic front pages, such as those announcing the sinking of the Titanic and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. From the earliest settlers in the bay area to the recent World Series appearance by the Rays, the book captures hundreds of experiences that have shaped our community. The book will be for sale at the Times' downtown St. Petersburg office, 490 First Ave. S, and our bureaus in Clearwater, 710 Court St.; Port Richey, 11321 U.S. 19 N; Wesley Chapel, 26240 Golden Maple Loop; and Brooksville, 15365 Cortez Blvd. Cost is $39.95 plus tax. If you have previously ordered a book, it should arrive in the next week or so.
Number killed in air crash unclear
Authorities were investigating whether three or four people were killed after finding wreckage Sunday from two small planes believed to have collided in midair near the Everglades. Everyone on board was killed, but no bodies were recovered, causing confusion among authorities, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office and Federal Aviation Administration. The Sheriff's Office says four people died in the crash, citing information from the flight school that shows four were scheduled to fly. The planes departed Saturday afternoon from airports in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood and were not under air traffic control. Family members reported them missing and local authorities found the wreckage Sunday morning, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. Authorities have not identified the victims. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.
Pilot injured in small-plane crash
Authorities are investigating after a small plane crashed in Hardee County, injuring the pilot. Hardee County sheriff's authorities say the plane had engine problems when it crashed and flipped upside down in an orange grove Sunday morning. The plane also clipped some power lines when it descended, which led to power outages in the area. The pilot, who has not been identified, crawled from the wreckage and was taken to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
WEST PALM BEACH
Authorities find body in freezer
Authorities responding to a suicide in West Palm Beach have made a disturbing discovery — a body stored in a carport freezer. Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies say they received a call Saturday morning after a man found a suicide note stuck in his door from his father. He found his father dead in a van in front of the residence. When authorities came to the home, they also found the grandfather's body in a freezer. In the suicide note from the father, he said his elderly father was in his 80s when he died and he could not bear to let go, so he froze the body. An autopsy will be performed to determine the official cause of death.
Times staff, wires