victim in fireworks store fire was owner
The man killed over the weekend in a fire at Liberty Fireworks was identified Monday as the store owner, Angelo Carbone. Carbone, of 10927 Inglewood Ave. in New Port Richey, died a week before his 40th birthday. An electrical short in the wall caused the fire about 6 p.m. Saturday at the store, 3508 U.S. 19 in Holiday, according to preliminary information from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The blaze then ignited the fireworks inside, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office said it does not suspect foul play in the fire or Carbone's death. A finding on the cause of death is pending toxicology results from the medical examiner's office.
Driver injured as car crashes, flips
An 18-year-old remained in critical condition Monday after a car accident over the weekend. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cesar Antonio Martinez of Wesley Chapel was driving east on the shoulder of State Road 54, attempting to merge onto the road, when he lost control of his 2000 Volkswagen about 1:41 p.m. Saturday. He overcorrected and spun into a utility pole, then hit a tree, FHP said. The car overturned and the roof hit another tree. Martinez, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with critical injuries. The crash, which occurred just west of Wesley Brook Drive, remains under investigation. FHP said charges are pending.
Trial starts in 2006 murders of teens
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of Luc Pierre-Charles, one of two men accused of shooting two Wesley Chapel teenagers in July 2006 in the heat of a violent drug trade. Derek Pieper, 17, and Raymond Veluz, 18, were found shot in the back on a dirt road in Trilby. Prosecutors say Pieper, a Wesley Chapel High School student, had known and bought drugs from Pierre-Charles, but was becoming afraid of him. Pierre-Charles suspected Pieper had snitched on him to other drug dealers, a friend later told authorities. When Pieper and Veluz came over to buy some marijuana, authorities say, Pierre-Charles and his friend Tyree Jenkins shot them. Pierre-Charles' trial is expected to last into next week. The state is seeking the death penalty.
To donate money to the Petersen family to help buy Jennifer Petersen a training dog, make checks payable to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10167, 4619 Bartelt Road in Holiday, and send them to Judy Kennedy, benefit chairwoman, at P.O. Box 433, Elfers, FL 34680. A Sunday story incorrectly identified who to send donations to.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.