Friday, February 23, 2018
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Pasco man accused of beating 3-year-old girl

ZEPHYRHILLS

Pasco man accused of beating 3-year-old

Deputies arrested a 27-year-old man after they say he used a belt to beat a 3-year-old girl when she couldn't spell her own name.

The girl and two siblings, ages 6 and 8, were in the care of Timothy Lee Rogers on Saturday afternoon when the beating happened at Rogers' home, 36243 Lake Chase Blvd., according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports.

The 8-year-old brother told deputies he heard Rogers yelling at the girl, whose name was not released, and then heard slapping and screaming, the reports say. On Sunday, the girl's mother showed deputies bruises and welts on the child's legs, the reports say.

Questioned by deputies, Rogers said he was teaching the girl how to spell her name but "denied physically disciplining the victim at any point," the reports say.

He was arrested about 1 a.m. Monday on a charge of child abuse. He was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

DADE CITY

Police: Man stabbed woman to death

A woman was stabbed to death Monday by a man who slashed at her as she fled from his apartment, police said.

Witnesses called 911 about noon to report a man chasing and stabbing a woman on Coleman Avenue, just east of 21st Street, according to the Dade City Police Department. When officers arrived, they learned that a passerby had taken 25-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ross to a hospital.

Police went to 37020 Coleman Ave., where they found a bleeding Lucious Smith, 53. He was treated at a hospital and then arrested.

Ross died at the hospital about 1:30 p.m.

Police did not disclose the relationship between Ross and Smith, nor did they say which charges Smith will face.

TAMPA

Temple Terrace man arrested in rape

A 25-year-old man accused of raping a woman in an abandoned trailer was arrested Sunday night, police said.

The 22-year-old woman was sleeping in the living room of her parents' home about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when a man covered her mouth, placed a knife against her throat and ordered her to leave the house with him, a Tampa police arrest affidavit shows.

The man took her to an abandoned trailer and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit says.

The woman escaped and contacted police. She identified her attacker as Roderick Riley of Temple Terrace. Riley and the woman knew each other.

He was arrested about 10 p.m. Sunday and faces armed kidnapping, armed burglary and sexual battery counts. Riley is in a Hillsborough County jail without bail.

TAMPA

Bus driver dies after crash on Interstate 4

The driver of a church bus that caught fire last week after crashing into a wall on Interstate 4 has died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Martin Rufus Silas Jr. died Friday from complications arising from a medical emergency he had just before losing control of the bus on Dec. 3, troopers said. The medical condition was not disclosed.

Silas, 78, of Seffner had no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash, troopers said. The bus was owned by First Baptist Church of College Hill in Tampa.

TAMPA

Motorcyclist in fatal crash is identified

A Clearwater man has been identified as the motorcyclist killed after crashing Sunday afternoon in South Tampa.

Anthony Francis Santoro, 23, was traveling near S West Shore and Bay to Bay boulevards at 3:43 p.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle.

The motorcycle hit a curb and slammed into a stop sign, Tampa police said. Santoro was thrown from the motorcycle, they said.

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