Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Hinckley Jr. to be freed; charges dropped in Gray case; Egmont Key fire winding down; Bucs' vets report

John W. Hinckley Jr. will be released from a government psychiatric hospital more than 35 years after he attempted to assassinate president Ronald Reagan and shot three others, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Hinckley, 61, no longer poses a danger to himself or others and will be freed to live full-time with his mother in Virginia, effective as soon as Aug. 5 and subject to dozens of temporary treatment and monitoring conditions, the judge wrote.

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST REMAINING BALTIMORE OFFICERS

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges Wednesday against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction. The decision comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver who the state considered the most responsible .

TRUMP HOLDS $25,000-A-PLATE FUNDRAISER IN TAMPA

Donald Trump held a closed-door fundraiser Tampa this morning. The cost was $25,000 per plate, according to the campaign's invitation . The media were barred from covering his remarks, but attendees described Trump's remarks as humorous and similar to what he said at last week's Republican National Convention. Meantime, running mate Gov. Mike Pence made a brief visit to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay's monthly luncheon. Earlier, about 20 protesters stood outside Trump's Tampa office.

THE LATEST FROM BUCS TRAINING CAMP

Yes, it's really football season. Veteran players report to Bucs training camp today. Follow the Tampa Bay Times' live blog from One Bucs Place for the latest developments.

New York Times

Bernie Sanders supporters make their way toward the Wells Fargo Center during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

NEVER HILLARY? WHAT'S NEXT FOR SANDERS SUPPORTERS

It's over for Bernie Sanders, but not for the fresh-faced army that packed a downtown square Tuesday in Philadelphia. The rally illustrated the passion that drove 74-year-old Sanders' remarkable run. It also shows a glaring weakness of Hillary Clinton: young voters.

MISSING TEEN FOUND SAFE; FUGITIVE IN CUSTODY

A fugitive and a missing teen recently seen with him were found Tuesday night at a Tampa hotel, police reported Wednesday. Bryana Lemaire, 17, and Antwoine Noland, 43, were found after investigators received a tip, police said. Officers forced their way into the hotel room after Noland refused to answer the door, police said. He then locked himself in the bathroom but eventually surrendered.

WOMAN, 21, KILLED WHILE CROSSING GIBSONTON DRIVE

A 21-year-old Gibsonton woman was killed Wednesday when she was struck by a car while trying to cross Gibsonton Drive, struck by a car while trying to cross Gibsonton Drive, deputies said. Leanna Jean Mammen was walking north across the westbound lanes near the Walmart at East Bay Road about 6 a.m. when she was hit by a 2013 Nissan Altima traveling in the right lane at about 40 mph, deputies said. Mammen was thrown onto the north shoulder and died at the scene. No charges were expected.

FIRE STILL BURNING ON EGMONT KEY

Crews this morning continue to battle a fire, started by lightning on Tuesday afternoon, that has burned 79 acres on Egmont Key. The flames were calming down late this morning. Firefighters had dropped 70 buckets of water on the fire the day before by helicopter.

AMID ABUSE ALLEGATIONS, GRAYSON LOSES SUPPORT, AND COOL

Liberal groups supporting U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson are distancing themselves from the Orlando Democrat's campaign for U.S. Senate after domestic violence reports, some dating to the 1990s, surfaced. Video taken Tuesday shows that when Grayson was approached at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia by a reporter, he became visibly angry and evaded questions about the allegations. The video shows him putting his hands on the reporter's shoulders.

Associated Press

ays starting pitcher Chris Archer looks away as Yasmani Grandal, background left, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning.

ARCHER LOOKS GOOD IN ANOTHER RAYS LOSS

If Chris Archer was auditioning for the Dodgers – or the Pirates, Rangers or one of other contending teams shopping this week for a frontline starter – he put on an impressive show Tuesday night. But, as has been the case often for Archer and for the Rays, it was in a losing effort, this time 3-2.

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