Friday, November 17, 2017
Public safety

Court filing shows Temple Terrace police checking new leads in Sandra Prince case

RECOMMENDED READING


TEMPLE TERRACE — The first recent sign of movement in the case of Sandra Prince surfaced in court Wednesday, weeks after police offered a $100,000 reward for information about her death.

At a news conference last month, where Temple Terrace police officially classified the 2006 case a homicide, detectives said they were following new leads.

One recent lead appears to come from an interview police had this week with Prince's gardener, David Jarrett.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, the gardener told police that about six months before her Jan. 3, 2006, disappearance, Prince had a "falling out" with Patrick Pippin, the son of her boyfriend, Earl Pippin III.

Patrick Pippin wanted to stay in one of Prince's Lake Panasoffkee homes rent-free, Jarrett told police, according to the affidavit. The gardener urged Prince to charge him rent. After that, Patrick Pippin and Prince had a falling out, Jarrett told police.

That interview appears to be the reason for the police's court filing. Investigators needed a judge's permission to open a letter that Prince had sent Patrick Pippin. It was postmarked Dec. 17, 2005, about two weeks before the likely date of her death.

The letter appears to never have reached Pippin. The U.S. Post Office returned it to Prince with the stamping of "no mail receptacle."

Police took the letter from her house in January 2006, when the case was still classified as a missing-person case. At the time, they did not think it would contain anything useful or important, said Temple Terrace city spokesman Michael Dunn. So they did not immediately file a search warrant affidavit.

Police did not disclose the letter's contents Wednesday.

Pippin's father, Earl Pippin III, has been classified a "person of interest" in the case since 2007.

But Patrick Pippin is not, and investigators do not even know for sure if there was any falling out between Prince and the younger Pippin.

"It's something they're looking into," Dunn said.

Earl Pippin III had been Prince's boyfriend of five years and was the sole beneficiary of her $3.6 million estate.

Times staff writer Stephanie Bolling contributed to this report.

Comments
19 digital billboards now spread word of reward in Seminole Heights killings

19 digital billboards now spread word of reward in Seminole Heights killings

TAMPA — To help spread the word about reward money offered in connection with four unsolved shooting deaths in Seminole Heights, two billboard companies have donated the use of a combined 19 digital billboards.On Thursday, police announced the reward...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Deputies: No injuries after reported gunshot near Seminole schools

SEMINOLE — Deputies are investigating a report of a gunshot that resulted in two schools being put on lockdown Friday morning. About 8:24 a.m., the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office received a call at Rita’s Italian Ice, 13147 86th Ave., in Seminole. ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people and forced dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, into the cold night air. Firefighters were still dousing hot spots Friday, even thoug...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Watch: Dugan addresses Seminole Heights residents’ concerns at NAACP event

Watch: Dugan addresses Seminole Heights residents’ concerns at NAACP event

TAMPA — Members of the black community expressed appreciation on Thursday for police efforts to find the person responsible for killing four residents of southeast Seminole Heights in recent weeks.But at a meeting organized by the local chapter of th...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tampa church warns: We are armed and ready to use deadly force

Tampa church warns: We are armed and ready to use deadly force

If you are an evildoer wishing to bring harm to the members of River at Tampa Bay Church, don’t expect congregants to turn the other cheek.They’ll blast you.So says a sign at the church, at 3738 River International Drive in Tampa, that delivers a sta...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Black residents question arrest spike during search for Seminole Heights killer

Black residents question arrest spike during search for Seminole Heights killer

TAMPA — Members of the black community expressed appreciation on Thursday for police efforts to find the person responsible for killing four residents of southeast Seminole Heights in recent weeks.But at a meeting organized by the local chapter of th...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Middle school student fatally struck in Tampa shortly after exiting school bus

TAMPA — A middle school student died after he was hit by a vehicle Thursday afternoon a short time after getting off of a school bus.According to Hillsborough County deputies, 11-year-old Brandon Heard Jr., a student at Mann Middle School, was struck...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Brooksville man accused of sexual abuse commits suicide, police say

Brooksville man accused of sexual abuse commits suicide, police say

A former Brooksville school volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teenage foreign exchange students who were under his care was found dead this week, a day before he was due in court on the charges.The body of Bruce McAllister was found at the bas...
Published: 11/16/17
Clearwater police searching for two men accused of stealing money from apartment drop boxes

Clearwater police searching for two men accused of stealing money from apartment drop boxes

CLEARWATER — Authorities are looking for two men accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from drop boxes at several apartment complexes.From Nov. 3 to 7, the men went to half a dozen apartment complexes, affecting about 40 people, according ...
Published: 11/16/17
Deputies: School instructor offered student $500 for sex

Deputies: School instructor offered student $500 for sex

WESLEY CHAPEL — A former instructor at Cypress Creek High School was arrested Wednesday, after deputies say he offered a student $500 in exchange for sex. William Henson, 21, now faces a felony charge of sexual battery for soliciting a person under 1...
Published: 11/16/17