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Woman dies in early morning crash in Tampa


Woman dies in early morning crash in Tampa

A 33-year-old woman was killed when another car turned in front of her, police said early Sunday. The woman was driving a Lexus north on Nebraska Avenue near E 33rd Avenue. A man driving south on Nebraska in an Acura turned to enter a parking lot. Police said the driver of the Lexus then T-boned the Acura. The woman was declared dead at the scene. The Acura's passengers received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital. Tampa police haven't released the names or the number of victims. The crash is under investigation.


Suspect arrested in fatal shooting

Deputies arrested the man accused of fatally shooting another man early Saturday outside an apartment complex west of Tampa. Prilys Americo Cuello-Valdez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is charged with manslaughter with a firearm for the death of Frank Taveras, Hillsborough County deputies said. Cuello-Valdez, 22, first met Taveras, 32, earlier in a parking lot where a large group had gathered, deputies said. A feud between the two men may have started and shots were fired by someone in the crowd, though no one was hurt. The crowd dispersed before authorities arrived. At about 3:30 a.m., the men met in the parking lot of the Waterford apartment complex at 4733 W Waters Ave., deputies said. Cuello-Valdez shot Tavares twice, deputies said. Taveras, of Tampa, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and died later. Cuello-Valdez was arrested Saturday evening. He's being held in a Hillsborough County jail on $15,000 bail, but has a hold placed on him by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.


State Farm wants 28 percent hike

The state's largest private property insurer wants to hike rates by an average of 28 percent. State Farm Florida Insurance says premiums need to go up to cover the risk in the state. Florida hasn't had a direct hit by hurricanes in five years, but the company says it has had a spike in noncatastrophic claims, including hundreds of millions of dollars in losses due to sinkholes. State Farm received approval for a 28 percent increase in the average policy in 2009 and another 6.6 percent increase last year. It covers nearly 700,000 homes. The rate request goes before the Office of Insurance Regulation on Feb. 15.

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Ancient Middle Eastern Treasures and Artifacts seminar: 4:30 p.m., CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $5. (727) 863-6868.

Photographs of Florida scenes by Madelyn McMillian-Wise: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Pasco-Hernando Community College Art Gallery, Alric C.T. Pottberg Library, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3229.

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