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Kimball's term on agenda

The Florida Parole Commission is to consider today whether to grant an early release to former Olympic diver Bruce Kimball, who killed two Brandon teen-agers while driving drunk in 1988. Kimball, who has served about 22 months of a 17-year sentence on driving under the influence-manslaughter charges, could be eligible for release as early as Nov. 30 under a new program designed to free prison space for violent offenders. Kimball's case is one of 1,300 on the commission's agenda today, said Ruth Anne Reese, assistant to the commission chairman.Police look for shooting suspect

SAFETY HARBOR _ A man was shot Monday afternoon as he sat in a van in the parking lot of the Village at Countryside nursing home, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. The victim, who had not been identified, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was in critical condition late Monday. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Greg Tita said deputies did not know what the shooting was over. Tita said the incident occurred at 4:40 p.m. outside 1410 Fourth St. N. Sheriff's deputies were looking for a suspect late Monday. The suspect is described as a clean-shaven black man in his 20s, 5 feet 10 and 145 pounds, wearing a green short-sleeve T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The man was driving a 1970s-model beige Buick LeSabre. The man was possibly armed with a shotgun.

Teen accused of peddling LSD

TAMPA _ A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with dealing LSD at an alternative-rock club, according to Hillsborough County Jail records. Charles "Buzz" Neapolitan of 1419 Four Seasons Blvd. was arrested at his home and charged with sale and delivery of LSD and possession of LSD, according to records. Police said Neapolitan sold an undercover detective LSD worth $20 on Sept. 6 at the DNA Cafe, 14975 N Nebraska Ave., according to records. Neapolitan is being held at Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

Man shot during robbery

TAMPA _ A man was shot once in the abdomen during a robbery at a house he was visiting in Ybor City on Monday, police said. The man, whose name had not been released, was in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital late Monday, police Sgt. Mike McAnallen said. Two unidentified men barged into a house at 1906 N 25th St. about 8:30 p.m., McAnallen said. They took an undisclosed amount of money and shot the man once with a rifle, he said. The robbers left in a dark-colored sedan, McAnallen said. The victim was visiting from out of state, he said. Another person in the home was unhurt.

Arts center reports smaller loss

TAMPA _ The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center posted a $417,516 operating loss for its fiscal year, as projected earlier. Center officials say the shortfalls are from low revenues and contributions. The loss is lower than in previous years and allowed the center to reduce the standing deficit to $2.7-million from $3-million. The center's budget for the current fiscal year is $2.45-million. "The progress we are making in reducing our deficit is quite encouraging," said Warren Sumners, president and chief executive officer of the center. "We are bringing our costs more in line with the national average for operating a facility of this size. We are definitely headed in the right direction."

Gas leak forces evacuation

TAMPA _ A small natural gas leak was reported in the 7500 block of N Armenia Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, fire officials said. Some residents in the area were evacuated temporarily as firefighters sealed the leak. Traffic was diverted between Kirby and Broad streets, said police spokesman Don Peters. No injuries were reported. It took firefighters 30 minutes to control the leak. Information about how the leak started, how much gas leaked and how many people were evacuated was not available. A spokesman for Peoples Gas System Inc. could not be reached for comment.