Transient is accused in stabbing
A brawl downtown in Williams Park over prescription drugs ended with one man stabbing another in the chest, police said. Bobby Joe Sumner, 31, a transient, was arrested early Friday morning, several hours after he stabbed Jamie Lee Goleniewski, 33, police said. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Goleniewski was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for surgery, said police spokesman Mike Puetz. The knife, Puetz said, pierced the lining of Goleniewski's heart. Goleniewski told police Sumner and an unidentified woman asked him for prescription medication. When Goleniewski declined to provide her with the drugs, Puetz said, the men began to argue. The argument turned into a fist fight that ended with the stabbing, police said. Sumner was intoxicated when he was arrested and told police Goleniewski fell on the knife, Puetz said.
Motorcyclist hits light pole, dies
A 22-year-old motorcyclist died early Friday after crashing into a light pole on Park Street. Noah Thomas Hughes, 22, of Gulfport was southbound along the 500 block of Park Street S, where the road shifts slightly east, police said. Hughes continued straight and crashed head-on into a wooden light pole, police said. Hughes, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle and hit a palm tree, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Soldier killed in Kandahar attack
Pfc. Matthew C. Colin, 22, of Navarre died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Woman guilty in 2010 robbery
Federal jurors found a woman guilty Friday of an armed robbery that authorities say kicked off a 2010 spree of holdups by members of the Drak gang. Prosecutors said Daisy Louise Thomas and two accomplices robbed the All About You Hair Salon in New Port Richey on May 11, 2010, at gunpoint. Another robber, Rykeith Levatte, and co-conspirators Antoine Harris, Antonio Harris, Arquives McNeal and Alden Lewis have all pleaded guilty in the string of robberies and await sentencing, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The conspirators were linked to robberies at: King's Grocery in Tampa on May 24, 2010; 7-Eleven in Pinellas Park on May 25, 2010; 7-Eleven in Gibsonton on May 26, 2010; 7-Eleven in Tampa on May 26, 2010; Hess gas station in New Port Richey on May 26, 2010; 7-Eleven in New Port Richey on May 26, 2010; 7-Eleven in Lakeland on May 28, 2010; and the Mobil gas station in Land O' Lakes on June 3, 2010. They also are tied to an attempted robbery of a Circle K in Tampa on May 28, 2010. Thomas was convicted of conspiracy to commit robberies, armed robbery, and using a firearm during a crime of violence. She faces a maximum of life or no less than seven years in prison.