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Woman hurt when car hits pole

ST. PETERSBURG _ A Palm Harbor woman was critically injured Saturday in a one-car accident on the Pinellas Bayway, police said. Diane Marie Gullo, 21, lost control of the 1983 Dodge she was driving west of the toll plaza and slammed into a light pole about 11:30 a.m., police said. Gullo, of 3701 Landmark Blvd., was driving between 40 and 50 mph when her car skidded sideways across the eastbound lanes and struck the pole broadside, police said. Gullo was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.Bradenton man shot to death

BRADENTON _ Investigators were looking for leads Saturday in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man near his residence, a Manatee County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said. Raymond J. Hollgarth of 5938 Sixth St. E was shot once in the face in the 500 block of 60th Avenue Drive E. He died shortly after being taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Sheriff's deputies were called to the shooting scene at 12:54 a.m. Officers reported that Hollgarth apparently had left his residence by bicycle shortly before he was approached by his assailant, the spokeswoman said.

Tampa man shot after dispute

TAMPA _ A 38-year-old Tampa man was shot in the abdomen Saturday night after an argument, police said. Claude Edmonds of 7017 Flint Drive was listed in fair condition at Tampa General Hospital. He was shot with a 22-caliber gun at 6:05 p.m. at 2119 E 29th Ave., police said. Police would not release the name of the man who they think shot Edmonds, but said they were searching for him Saturday night.

Rolling car runs over 1-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG _ A 1-year-old girl who tried to escape from a rolling car was run over by its left front tire and critically injured Saturday afternoon, police said. Taneka Williams of 2728 22nd Ave. S was in critical condition late Saturday, a spokeswoman at All Children's Hospital said. Police said Taneka had climbed into a 1977 Oldsmobile that Michelle Yvette Wilson had parked in front of her home at 1034 19th Ave. S. With the keys in the ignition but the engine off, Taneka pulled the gearshift, sending the Oldsmobile rolling backward, police said. Taneka and a 5-year-old boy, who had been waiting in the car, tried to get out, police said. The boy made it, but Taneka fell under the wheel and was run over. Police are investigating the incident.

Drunken-driving check planned

HOLIDAY _ Pasco County sheriff's deputies will set up a drunken-driving checkpoint on County Road 595, their first in nearly three years. The checkpoint, at the 2100 block of County Road 595, will be from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday. About 20 sheriff's officers, including members of the Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will check drivers randomly for alcohol impairment, insurance and vehicle registration. Deputies also will check cars for faulty equipment. A Sheriff's Office dog unit will check for drugs, officials said. County Road 595 was selected for the checkpoint because almost half of the drunken-driving arrests made by the STEP unit were along that road, spokesman Jon Powers said. The road also lends itself logistically to hold the random stops, Powers said. The Sheriff's Office is running the random checks again because "it is something (we) like to do periodically," Powers said. The last check took place in April 1988.

Man arrested on rape charge

INVERNESS _ Citrus County sheriff's deputies arrested a 58-year-old pipe fitter in Homosassa on Friday evening on two outstanding Tennessee warrants alleging aggravated rape and sexual battery. Waldemar Frederick "Wally" Muthling of 7775 Tropical Lane was arrested at his home about 8:14 p.m. after Citrus sheriff's officials received word from Tennessee authorities that he was wanted. Muthling was taken to the Citrus County Jail, where he was being held without bail Saturday.

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