A Seminole man was arrested Thursday on five charges of doctor shopping and four charges of trafficking in oxycodone. From January through April of this year, Stephen Granger Watts, 46, obtained prescriptions for oxycodone from several doctors without informing them that he had obtained medications from other doctors within the previous month, according to arrest reports. The doctor shopping occurred in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Seminole, the reports said. The trafficking charges stem from possession of 0.14 ounces or more of the drug. Friday night, he was being held in the health division of the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $112,600 bail.
Deputies arrest man wanted in Connecticut
Sheriff's deputies caught up to a Brandon man wanted on misdemeanor warrants in Hillsborough County and a sexual assault warrant from Hartford, Conn. Samir Bates, 18, of 1404 Highview Road, was taken to a Hillsborough County jail at 2:50 a.m. Friday. The Hartford Courant reported that Bates is one of two people suspected of forcing two 16-year-old girls to perform oral sex in April. Between 2005 and 2008, Bates was arrested 36 times in Florida on various robbery and violation of probation charges, state records show. He pleaded guilty to grand theft charges in December 2007 and was convicted of battery in April 2008. He was being held in a Hillsborough County jail awaiting extradition.
Dogs' owner charged with animal cruelty
The owner of two abandoned dogs was arrested Friday, months after Hillsborough County Animal Services discovered the animals. Chandler Congo, 24, of Tampa was charged with cruelty to animals, marijuana possession, fleeing police and obstructing or opposing an officer with violence, jail records show. A neighbor of Congo's mother called Animal Services in January to report the abandoned animals. Investigators found an aggressive mastiff guarding an emaciated mastiff, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Animal Services. Congo was being held in a Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $10,500 bail.
Arrest made months after shooting
A Tampa man has been charged in connection with an October shooting, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Fabian Williams, 26, is accused of repeatedly shooting 38-year-old Alonso Hall in the torso during an incident on Deerfield Drive in Progress Village. Williams is charged with attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a gun. Tampa police officers arrested Williams about 3 p.m. Thursday in the 4100 block of Linebaugh Avenue.