Man arrested in attempted bank robbery
Authorities have arrested a man they say tried to rob a SunTrust bank on Friday. Nathanael S. Zamora, 23, of 3939 1/2 40th Ave. N, was picked up at his home at about 3 a.m. Saturday. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on armed robbery and two traffic warrants. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Zamora approached a teller about 4:15 p.m. Friday at the branch at 3705 East Bay Drive and handed over a note demanding money. He also said he had a bomb and used a lighter to show that he would light it. The device turned out to be a silver pipe with a white wick. But the teller did not have any cash, deputies said, so he left. Earlier in the day, he was seen entering another Sun Trust Bank at 3601 34th St. N in St. Petersburg, authorities said. Zamora is being held in jail in lieu of $101,026 bail.
Woman accused of slapping horse
Police say a St. Petersburg woman slapped a police horse in the nose as a mounted officer was trying to control crowds downtown early Saturday morning. At about 3 a.m. on the 100 block of First Avenue N, according to an arrest affidavit, Stephanie L. Six, 29, also pushed off against the horse with her other hand after she slapped it. Six was arrested and was released from the Pinellas County Jail on time served Saturday afternoon.
Kids home alone pulled from fire
A 28-year-old man was arrested on child neglect charges Friday after, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say, his trailer caught fire with his three young children home alone. About 1 p.m., Nathaniel Anthony Lang was at home at 6018 Black Dairy Road, cooking pork chops on the stove with his three kids, ages 1, 2 and 3, in the living room. Lang left the trailer, leaving the stove on and the children unattended, according to an arrest affidavit. Within about 20 minutes, the home caught fire. Deputies said neighbors ran in to get the children. Lang was arrested and taken to a county jail, where he remains in lieu of $22,500 bail.
Body found after home burns down
Hillsborough County fire rescue crews say they found the body of a 92-year-old woman inside a Plant City home damaged by fire Saturday morning, according to Bay News 9. Crews arrived at the little frame home in the 4000 block of Knights Griffin Road about 4:30 a.m. to find a heavily involved blaze, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. The State Fire Marshal's Office is working to determine what caused the fire.
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Deputies say pot found in raid
Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies seized more than 130 pounds of marijuana and $11,700 from a North Tampa home they said was used exclusively to grow drugs. Two people were arrested. Around 8 a.m. Friday, deputies executed a search warrant at 11658 Sunshine Pond Road. They found three rooms filled with plastic pots with soil, nearly two dozen marijuana plants, portable air conditioners, fans, carbon filters, various chemicals, and 1,000-watt lights. Detectives also discovered that there was an illegal electrical hookup that stole $54,717 in power. Arrested were Roybel Manso-Gonzales, 25, and Lucia Freire, 21, both of 4115 W Comanche Ave.