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Officer fired in dispute about time card

An 18-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department was fired Monday after internal affairs investigators found that he had made extra money by falsifying his time card. Investigators said Sgt. Randall S. Noblitt failed to report at least 50 hours of sick time during 1990. Although he called in sick, authorities said Noblitt had no more sick time remaining for the year; he wrote that he had worked a normal shift. Authorities determined that Noblitt received $1,100 for the sick hours. The investigation began in late January after Noblitt's supervisor noticed he was absent more often than the paperwork showed. Noblitt claimed that the corporals in his squad were responsible for filling out his time cards, but the corporals denied that they had ever been instructed to do so.Trial to begin in killing of hotel clerk

TAMPA _ A man believed to be part of a gang accused of a violent robbery spree across Hillsborough County goes on trial today charged with the 1989 slaying of a north Tampa hotel clerk. Kem Dixon, 21, is accused of killing Raymond Sobczak, 30, during a robbery at the Safari Inn on Busch Boulevard. Investigators say Dixon was part of a gang that brandished automatic weapons and robbed dozens of people at seven restaurants in late 1989 and early 1990. Another defendant in the case, Patrick Andre Johnson, pleaded guilty to murder charges and agreed to testify against Dixon and Francisco Miranda, 19, to avoid the death penalty. The state is seeking the death penalty for Dixon.

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