Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Motorcyclist killed after hitting FHP cruiser

TAMPA

Motorcyclist killed after hitting FHP car

A motorcycle crashed into the back of a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser parked Wednesday night along the Courtney Campbell Parkway, killing the motorcyclist, authorities said.

A passenger on the motorcycle was critically injured and taken to a hospital.

The Highway Patrol trooper, who was helping control traffic in a construction zone, was not injured, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 10:30 p.m. and closed down eastbound traffic. Tampa police said they were assisting the patrol.

The names of those involved in the crash were not immediately released.

ST. PETERSBURG

Beach volleyball sites being scouted

Those memorable spikes, dives and grunts from the 2012 Olympics beach volleyball matches may possibly be seen and heard here later this year.

Representatives of the Association of Volleyball Professionals, including owner Donald Sun, are scheduled to visit today to consider the city as a potential tournament location.

"It looks like they are scouting sites in downtown," said Dave Punzak, chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sun, a former technology CEO from California, bought the financially troubled league for a reported $2 million last year and staged two tournaments in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Cincinnati.

He told ESPN at the time that he hoped to have four to six tournaments in 2013, the year the AVP turns 30. More than 170 male and female professional and aspiring professional players competed in the three-day tournament in Cincinnati, including Jen Kessy, who won a silver for the USA in London.

DADE CITY

Case dropped against Pasco commissioner

Prosecutors say they will not pursue the case against Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader, who was arrested two weeks ago on a charge of domestic battery after an argument with his wife.

Assistant state attorney Manuel Garcia said prosecutors declined to pursue charges after reviewing testimony from Schrader's wife, Julia.

Schrader, 57, who had been ordered to have no contact with his wife while the case was pending, said he was now free to visit his property, but that he would be making "some serious decisions" about his future. He and his wife have been married for 30 years and have three adult children.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Schrader on Feb. 3, a day after Mrs. Schrader, 56, said he grabbed her arm and leg while she lay in her bed in their San Antonio home. She said the confrontation took place a day after an argument.

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