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Woman found dead after fire in Tampa apartment


Woman found dead after fire in apartment

A woman was killed in a fire in her apartment Saturday, authorities said. Xaviera Williams, 27, was found dead in the apartment at 1611 E Marks St. after the fire was extinguished, police said. The blaze apparently began on the stove top, but the exact cause was not immediately clear.


Girl, 11, is injured by boat propeller

An 11-year-old girl was struck by a boat propeller Saturday at Lake Magdalene in the gated community of Avila, authorities said. The unidentified girl, who was participating in water sports when she was struck, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital on Saturday evening and listed in critical condition. Officials were investigating the incident.


On patrol, sheriff stops DUI suspect

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee was on routine patrol just before midnight Friday when he saw a car speeding through a red light at Balm Riverview and Boyette roads. He pulled the car over and found an intoxicated driver, as well as marijuana and a 3-year-old girl in the front passenger seat, deputies said. The child's grandmother took custody of her at the scene. Bryan Joseph Stafford, 30, of 12109 Entrance Way, Riverview, was arrested and booked early Saturday on charges of DUI and possession of marijuana. He also faces a child neglect charge, deputies said. Stafford, arrested on drug charges in 2009, was released on $500 bail. Gee patrols neighborhoods a couple of times a week, deputies said.


Man is accused of abusing child

An Oldsmar man is accused of committing sexual battery on a child numerous times over four years. Benjamin Patrick Ice, 51, was arrested Friday on charges of committing sexual battery on a child younger than 12. Deputies say the offenses occurred many times from 1994 to 1998.

Woman found dead after fire in Tampa apartment 10/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 11:28pm]
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