ELEVEN ARRESTED IN ROUNDUP OF DUI SUSPECTS
Deputies arrested 11 people early Wednesday as part of a roundup of outstanding warrants on driving under the influence charges. Dubbed "Operation Last Call," the roundup began at 6 a.m. across Hillsborough County. Deputies arrested people who have either failed to show for a court appearance or who violated DUI probations. Those arrested were Teresa Lynn Lindley, 32; Michael Anthony Suttles, 35; Aja Sudano, 25; Jeremy Cox, 25; Richard Dunn, 53; Joseph Unterberger, 43; Jeanne Schaffer, 27; Robert Lee Johns, 29; Gary Lee Cox, 54; Steven Lowell Shaw, 49; and Israel Boon Kendall, 32.
Man stabbed after fight over 'Idol'
Police said a St. Petersburg woman took a TV dispute too far Tuesday night when she stabbed and scalded her boyfriend with hot cocoa over American Idol. Police arrested Cynthia E. Bettis-Ware, 52, on a charge of first-degree attempted murder of Kevin Johnson, 47. It happened at 11:22 p.m. at the Empress Motel, 1501 Martin Luther King St. N, which the couple listed as their permanent address, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Dawkins. Bettis-Ware was being held without bail in the Pinellas County jail Wednesday.
Shooting justified, but gun was illegal
A shooting that left one man dead Sunday was the result of a drug deal gone bad, police said. On Wednesday, police arrested Darryl Hooker Jr., 24, of 3802 29th Ave. N on a weapons charge in connection with the incident. They say Hooker shot and killed Robert Hall Jr., 24, of 1640 26th Ave. S during a drug transaction. Hooker, however, will not face murder charges because investigators determined he acted in self-defense. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Investigators say the incident began when one of Hooker's friends tried to snatch a bag of drugs from one of Hall's friends. Hall and Hooker started firing. When officers arrived at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to the 3000 block of 25th Street N, they found Hall on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds and a handgun in his hand. Paramedics took him to Edward White Hospital, where he died.
Memorial to honor 'Blackthorn' victims
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. today marking the 30th anniversary of the Blackthorn disaster, which killed 23 of the 50 crew members aboard the Coast Guard cutter near the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn on Jan. 28, 1980, in the biggest peacetime disaster in Coast Guard history. Today's ceremony will be at Blackthorn Memorial Park on the north end of the Skyway, 2 miles from the accident site, where the names of crew members who died that day are inscribed. Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard, will speak, followed by an aerial salute by Coast Guard aircraft and the reading of the names of the lost crew members.