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Two men held without bail in rape of girl


Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies arrested two men and accused them of raping a 15-year-old girl Sunday. Darious McDaniels, 23, and Dontavius Jovan Drew, 25, were charged with sexual battery, according to arrest affidavits. The incident was reported at 2:50 a.m. Sunday. The Sheriff's Office did not release further details. The men remained in the Orient Road Jail without bail.


Deputies seek missing woman

Hillsborough deputies and canine units searched Sunday night for a 50-year-old woman reported missing. Margherita Tanner of 9721 State Road 39 S walked away from home without her medication about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Her husband reported her missing. Tanner was wearing blue jeans and a red floral print shirt, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. In a statement released Sunday night, Carter described Tanner as being 125 pounds, 5 feet 1, with shoulder-length brown hair. Anyone with information about her is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.


Storms put off Sand Key triathlon

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, scheduled for Sunday morning at Sand Key Park, was canceled because of forecast storms, a hospital spokeswoman said. The 850 athletes registered for the race can check on a possible rescheduling at


Motorcyclist dies after being thrown

A 24-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday night when he lost control of his bike on Pasadena Avenue. Authorities identified the dead rider as Stephen Nicholes, of Gulfport, who recently moved to the area from New York. At 11:51 p.m. Nicholes was northwest of Sail Boat Key Boulevard when he lost control of his motorcycle, struck a guardrail and was thrown, the Pinellas Sheriff's Office said. Nicholes, who was not wearing a helmet, died on the scene.


Driver killed, one hurt as SUV rolls

A Zephyrhills man died Sunday morning after he lost control of his Honda SUV on a Hillsborough Avenue entrance ramp heading to Interstate 4. Alberto Valentin, 43, veered across both ramp lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Valentin, who was not wearing a seat belt, struck a guardrail as the car flipped three times. He died at the scene. Marcus Hansen, 23, also of Zephyrhills, was riding in the passenger seat of the vehicle and was wearing his seat belt, according to the FHP report. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.


Two businesses robbed in 2 hours

Pinellas Park police are searching for a man they say robbed two businesses within two hours Sunday morning. A white male about 6 feet tall, carrying a black handgun, demanded cash at the Haines Corner Deli at 5812 62nd Ave. N and the BP gas station at 8787 66th St. N. No one was injured, police said. The robber left in a purple or maroon PT Cruiser with an unknown driver.

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