Shooter injures two; both hospitalized
Two people were seriously wounded in St. Petersburg Saturday night, police said.
It occurred on the 600 block of 26th Avenue S about 10:40 p.m., police said. The victims, one of them a woman, were shot by a person who possibly fled in a vehicle. The two were taken to Bayfront Medical Center.
Freed after 25 years in pocketknife case
Timothy Bunkley became a free man Friday night.
The longtime state prison inmate walked out of Polk Correctional Institution and re-entered society at 8:56 p.m., a day after Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet commuted his sentence.
He was met by his sister, Sandi Regan, and the address he left was Regan's home in Venice. The Corrections Department said he left with his clothing, a Bible and $100 to start life anew.
Bunkley, 54, of Sarasota served nearly 25 years in prison for an armed burglary. A judge in 1986 sentenced him to life because he had a pocketknife in his pants when he was arrested after trying to burglarize a Western Sizzlin' restaurant. Since then, courts have ruled that a pocketknife is not a weapon.
Crossing SR 60, woman hit by SUV
A Brandon woman was killed after being hit by a sport utility vehicle Friday night on State Road 60 in Brandon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Cheryl P. Minton, 41, stepped into a westbound lane of State Road 60 while trying to cross the highway just west of Clock Tower Drive, the Highway Patrol said. Minton apparently didn't see a Nissan Xterra coming and was struck by driver Walter McWilliams III, 19, of Plant City, investigators said.
The crash remains under investigation.
SUV that killed bicyclist is found
Deputies have found the sport utility vehicle that hit and killed a bicyclist early Saturday on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators are working to identify the driver at the time of the 1:40 a.m. crash. The bicyclist, who was southbound in the bicycle lane near University Square Drive, was hit from behind at 1:40 a.m. by a dark red Ford Explorer. The Explorer has right front-end damage and is missing pieces from its plastic lenses, investigators said. The victim's identity has not been released.
Anyone who saw the crash or has information about the driver can call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.
Tree trimmer dies as rope drags him
A tree trimmer died Saturday after getting tangled in a rope being fed into a wood chipper.
The incident happened while a five-man crew was trimming branches at 12911 Golf Crest Trail at 3:30 p.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The worker was feeding branches into the running wood chipper when he got caught in a rope entwined in the branches. The force of the rope pulling into the wood chipper killed him, deputies said.
The man never went inside the machine. Deputies have not identified the victim.