Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Police: St. Petersburg man flees fatal accident, returns an hour later

LARGO

Driver returns to fatality site

A St. Petersburg man fled the scene of an accident that killed an 82-year-old pedestrian Sunday but returned an hour later, police said.

Neil Habgood, 31, was arrested Sunday and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, a felony.

Largo police Sgt. George Edmiston said Margaret Wix of Largo was walking in a northbound lane of the 12900 block of Seminole Boulevard looking for her dog when a glancing blow from a Mercury Capri knocked her to the ground.

The driver of that car pulled over to check her condition.'

Edmiston said that a second car, a Ford Escape driven by Habgood, then ran over Wix and drove away.

Wix died at the scene.

Habgood was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday on $10,000 bail.

Tampa

Lodging coming to MacDill

The Pentagon recently awarded a $41.5 million contract to build a 350-room lodging facility at MacDill Air Force Base, the latest in a decade-long series of projects that have transformed MacDill.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday, base commander Col. Scott DeThomas said the lodging is needed to replace outdated quarters scattered around the base.

Completion is expected by 2014.

Housing for military personnel and visiting civilians has become ever more critical at MacDill since the 2001 attacks. The base is home to the nation's premiere combatant commands, U.S. Special Operations Command and Central Command, that have spearheaded operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly $1 billion in MacDill projects have been completed since about 2007.

Comments

Her husband wouldn’t apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly shooting and killing her husband because he refused to apologize for punching her father, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office reports. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 30, of 10518 Anglecrest...
Updated: 6 minutes ago

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18
Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

TAMPA — As city workers set up signs Friday establishing a lower speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, neighborhood residents and transportation activists urged more steps to improve safety for pedestrians all across the city.The move is a good beginnin...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Published: 05/25/18
Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal charges tha...
Published: 05/25/18

Raccoon bites bicyclist, now the Health Department is looking for the victim

TAMPA — A bicyclist in the Palm River area was bitten by a raccoon Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said.Now the department is concerned the animal had rabies and is searching for the bicyclist."While it is impo...
Published: 05/25/18

Police: Baby not abandoned; mother surrendered infant

TAMPA — A newborn baby initially thought to be found on the ground near a trash can in north Tampa was not abandoned, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.The child’s mother gave birth to the boy Thursday, and she and someone else too...
Published: 05/25/18
Student says science teacher tackled Indiana school shooter

Student says science teacher tackled Indiana school shooter

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. Seventh-grader Ethan Stonebraker said the science teache...
Published: 05/25/18

Woman, dog die trying to cross U.S. 19 in Hudson

PORT RICHEY— An unidentified 45-year-old Colorado woman and her dog died early Friday morning when they walked into the path of two vehicles on U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The woman was walking her dog around 5:40 a.m. across U.S...
Published: 05/25/18