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Ruskin man held on arson, burglary charges

MAN ACCUSED OF BURNING BOSS' HOUSE OVER DEBT

A Ruskin man who said he was owed money was charged Thursday with setting his boss' house on fire. Adolfo Padron, 42, is charged with arson and burglary of an occupied dwelling. Police said no one was hurt in the fire, which caused about $100,000 in damage to Brian Sheppard's home at 2225 N Ridgewood Ave. Jail records show Padron did installation work for Trinity Tile. It's not clear how much money Padron thought he was owed.

MacDill Airfest now in November

The annual MacDill Airfest will move from March to November this year to include one of its signature events. During a conference last month, Airfest organizers learned they would not be able to secure the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds military flight teams for a March event, a spokesman for MacDill Air Force Base said. The dates for the November show could be announced today, according to the spokesman.

Influenza cases start to pick up

Flu season in Florida is off to a mild start, but health officials have noticed an increase in flu cases in the last few weeks. "It's starting to pick up," said Margarita Hall, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Health Department, which has seen the number of confirmed flu cases in the county increase from three to 10 to 14 in the last three weeks. Flu activity in Hillsborough County also is on the rise, said Steve Huard, a Health Department spokesman. For the week of Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, 36 of Florida's 67 counties — including Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando — reported only mild flu activity, while 14 counties, including Pasco, reported moderate activity. No county reported widespread activity, and 17 reported no flu activity. Hall and Huard recommend people take precautions such as getting flu vaccine, washing hands frequently and avoiding contact with people who are sick.

Magnet school fair to be held tonight

Families interested in Hillsborough County magnet schools can get a glimpse of their programs this evening at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard in Tampa. A festive fair begins at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, with live music and representatives and students from the schools. Deadlines to apply are fast approaching.

Clarification

A woman was stabbed early Saturday in the 300 block of Third Avenue S in St. Petersburg by a man who had approached her as she was leaving PUSH Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S. A story Sunday was imprecise on the exact location of the stabbing.

Ruskin man held on arson, burglary charges 01/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:09pm]
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