boy hit by SUV as he chases basketball
An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured Sunday when he was hit by an SUV as he chased a basketball into the street, authorities said. The accident happened about 4:45 p.m. in the 1330 block of 62nd Avenue S. The boy was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a "trauma alert," said St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.
Motorcycle crash leaves one dead
One person is dead and another was in critical condition after a motorcycle crash Sunday on Interstate 275 near Ashley Drive. About 8:40 p.m., a motorcycle with a man and woman traveling northbound on I-275 crashed, according to Tampa police Sgt. C.L. Ugles. The impact sent both airborne, Ugles said. They fell off the highway, between the north and southbound lanes, and came to rest on Laurel Street below. Ugles estimated the fall to be about 60 feet. The unidentified man died at the scene. The woman, whose identity is also unknown, was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition.
Man arrested in 1984 rape, murder
Authorities have arrested a Sarasota man in connection with a rape and murder committed 25 years ago. Police used DNA evidence to link 50-year-old James Clark to the 1984 stabbing death of Janet Sass. She called 911 but died before responders could reach her. Clark had been a top suspect because he worked at a car dealership across the street from Sass' home.
Ex-war reporter Michael Stern dies
Michael Stern, a war correspondent and author who helped turn the aircraft carrier Intrepid into a military museum, has died at age 98. Mr. Stern died April 7 of cancer in Palm Beach. Born in Brooklyn, Stern quit Syracuse University to begin a career as journalist and crime writer. As a World War II combat reporter, he reached Rome a day ahead of U.S. troops, and lived there for 50 years after the war, writing on mobsters and other topics.
UF student dies in African river
A University of Florida student studying in southern Africa has been found dead after getting caught in a river's strong current. Thad Hammon Owens, 27, of Orlando was part of the university's three-month wildlife ecology program in Namibia. African officials, the U.S. Embassy, villagers and private teams had been searching for him since Thursday when he tried to swim across the Kunene River and was swept away.
Liberian president to speak in Tampa
Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected president of an African country, is scheduled to speak at the University of Tampa commencement May 9. The 70-year-old is known as the Iron Lady and was imprisoned in the 1980s for criticizing her country's military regime. She became president in 2005, two years after the country emerged from a civil war.
Times staff, wires