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Appalachian Trail killer to be sent to Florida

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HARRISBURG, Pa. _ The man convicted of killing two Appalachian Trail hikers in 1990 will be turned over to Florida authorities, who want to try him for an earlier killing, officials said Wednesday. Paul David Crews, on Pennsylvania's death row, is wanted in Bartow on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the 1986 slaying of Clemmie Jewel Arnold, prosecutors said. Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey has signed the papers to extradite Crews. Crews is accused of slashing Ms. Arnold, 56, with a fillet knife after she left a Bartow-area bar with him July 3, 1986.

U2 TICKETS

U2 tickets on sale

at 10 a.m. Saturday

Tickets for the U2 concert Feb. 29 at the Lakeland Civic Center go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. They will cost $25 plus service charge and will be available through Ticketmaster, according to Cellar Door Concerts. The show starts at 8 p.m. with opening act the Pixies.

HILLSBOROUGH

Police seek missing woman

last seen at pay phone

TAMPA _ Hillsborough sheriff's detectives are searching for a 40-year-old Valrico woman last seen Monday evening at a motel pay phone, officials said. Linda Minns Smith of 3006 Wilton Lane left her home Monday evening wearing a full-length mink coat and a pair of white Keds, officials said. She was given a ride to the Happy Days bar at 1602 E Brandon Blvd., said sheriff's Detective Mark Corso. She left the bar and was seen making a phone call at a nearby motel between 7:45 and 8:45 p.m., Corso said. Smith's purse was found at noon Tuesday behind a convenience store about a mile and a half from the motel on Brandon Boulevard, Corso said. Money may have been taken from purse, he said. Smith is described as white, 5 feet tall, 125-130 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing white jeans, a gray sweat shirt and silver hoop earrings, officials said.

Man charged in fraud

involving auto, boat salvage

TAMPA _ Investors thought they were putting money in Pinellas County auto and boat salvage yards. Federal authorities say the investors were actually victims of a scheme run by Michael Greenberg. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in Tampa charged Greenberg, 31, with wire fraud and illegally laundering $3.7-million from the investment scheme. The indictment also charges Greenberg with laundering $105,000 in drug trafficking proceeds. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Greenberg was an employee of Starkey Road Auto Parts in Largo during the time of the alleged crimes, but separately ran M.

G. Enterprises, Mikels Car Connection, Perfect Match, Central Florida Salvage, M.

V.

G. Properties, and Force 10 Marine. Greenberg is charged with using money from new investors to pay prior investors. However, no salvage yards existed, prosecutors say.

PINELLAS

Two more charged

in chip robbery

Days after three men were convicted of stealing computer chips from a St. Petersburg company, investigators have accused two Orlando men of transporting the chips across state lines, an FBI spokesman said. The men, Kha T. Dang, 28, and Lam Bao Tran, 21, are charged with aiding and abetting in the interstate transportation of computer chips taken during the July 4 robbery of Jabil Circuit in St. Petersburg, said FBI spokesman Larry Curtin. The men were held Wednesday without bail. Nine people now have been arrested in the case. Seven were charged with taking part in the robbery. Three were convicted, three pleaded guilty and one is at large. Authorities said that seven men drove from Orlando and stormed Jabil, at 10800 Roosevelt Blvd. N, about 1:30 a.m. and bound 10 employees. The men stole Intel 386 and 486 computer processing chips valued at nearly $700,000. About $50,000 in chips were offered for sale in New York City, federal authorities say. The rest of the chips are believed to be with the at-large suspect.

North exposure

Oliver North, whose defiant actions before Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal investigation made him a hero to some and a villain to others, chats with a customer Wednesday as he autographs his book Under Fire. He visited Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg to promote the autobiography written with William Novak.

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