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Hillsborough deputies to escort Seffner soldier to Brandon cemetery

Deputies to escort soldier to cemetery

Hillsborough County deputies plan to escort the remains of Army medic Paul Cuzzupe through Tampa beginning about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Cuzzupe, 23, who grew up in Seffner, died Aug. 8 in Afghanistan. The public is invited to pay tribute. Here's the route from MacDill Air Force Base: northeast on Bayshore Boulevard, east on Platt Street, north on Florida Avenue, east on Jackson Street, north on Jefferson Street, east on Twiggs Street to Channelside Drive, north on Channelside to State Road 60, then east to Hillsboro Memorial Gardens at 2323 W Brandon Blvd.

Authorities get tough for pedestrian safety

Police handed out warnings to pedestrians and citations to motorists Monday as part of an initiative across Tampa Bay to reduce pedestrian fatalities. Nine local law enforcement agencies, including the Tampa Police Department, received part of a $430,000 federal grant to ramp up pedestrian enforcement. The money will provide for 7,000 overtime hours, said Kris Carson, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation. Pedestrian-involved crashes account for more than 20 percent of traffic fatalities in Tampa Bay, compared with about 11 percent across the country. More than 1,000 pedestrian-involved crashes are reported every year in the area.

Former chief judge has heart transplant

F. Dennis Alvarez, the longtime chief judge in Hillsborough County, underwent a heart transplant operation Friday night and is recuperating at Tampa General Hospital, said his son, Derek Alvarez. The former judge, 64, had a history of heart trouble and said earlier this year he was on the list for a transplant. "Once it's all over, I think that's the No. 1 thing communitywise I'm going to push — organ donors," he said in June. "We have to educate about the need." Alvarez, who left the bench in 2001 after 13 years as chief judge, has been working as a mediator in private practice.

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