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Larcenous lawyer to be disbarred

Published Oct. 10, 2005

A lawyer who stole $4,500 in public funds to pay off her credit card while working as an executive assistant to the Tampa Housing Authority will be disbarred, the Florida Supreme Court said Thursday. Loretta B. Anderson, a former assistant U.S. attorney, pleaded no contest in 1990 to forging signatures on federal grant checks intended to train low-income families to own and operate businesses. She was sentenced to three years' probation. The Supreme Court said Anderson will be disbarred at the request of the Florida Bar effective March 16.

Man with shotgun shot by police

TAMPA _ A 40-year-old man was shot by two Tampa police officers early Thursday after he pointed a loaded 12-gauge shotgun at them, police said. A third officer apparently fired at the man but missed. Police said Andrew L. Phillips of 1202 N 12th St. had threatened to shoot a security guard at a city parks and recreation facility. Phillips was in fair condition Thursday at Tampa General Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg and abdomen. Cpl. Roberto Batista, 31, Officer Luis Adan, 26, and Officer Penni Morgan, 27, were put on administrative leave, which is routine when a gun is fired, pending an investigation of the shooting. Police said two officers went to 12th Street and Rivercove Avenue at 2:15 a.m. after the guard at the recreation facility heard shots. The officers heard two more shots and saw Phillips a block away. They were joined by a third officer. The three officers told Phillips to drop the gun, but he pointed it at them as he approached their patrol car, and the officers shot him, police said.

Actor offers reward in cabbie killing

Actor James Woods, whose cousin was shot to death Tuesday in Bradenton, is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the killer's conviction. Ronald L. Woods, 48, died Wednesday after being shot in the head in the cab he drove for Yellow Cab of Bradenton, police said. "He was the kind of guy who would help anyone, anytime, anywhere, an incredibly good-hearted man," James Woods said Wednesday in a telephone interview from his Beverly Hills home. Bradenton police have no suspects and few leads, said Larry Dellaposta, a police spokesman. Woods said his cousin often helped his mother, Martha Dixon, who also lives in Florida. "All I know is that every time my mom had troubles at her house, Ronny would be there to help her," Woods said.

Officer accused of threatening man

TAMPA _ A Tampa police officer was charged Thursday with brandishing her gun at a neighbor and his dog, the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office said. Marilyn Lee, 30, was charged with improper exhibition of a firearm, a first-degree misdemeanor, said prosecutor Hank Lavandera. Marcos Velles told police that his dog, Socram (Marcos spelled backward), was outside his home at 2801 Nevada Ave. on Nov. 30 when Lee was washing her car nearby, said Velles' attorney, Daniel Fernandez. Lee, who was off-duty, apparently got annoyed at the dog, Fernandez said. When Velles picked up Socram and held him to his chest, Lee got a revolver from her car, pointed it at the dog and threatened to shoot, Fernandez said. Lee is scheduled for arraignment March 16. She will not be relieved of duty because of the misdemeanor charge, police spokesman Scott Guffey said. On the force since September 1982, Lee is the subject of an internal affairs complaint regarding the incident. Lee has been suspended four times and disciplined for being habitually late to roll call and for negligence of duty. She has received 12 commendations from the public. In an unrelated matter, Lee has filed a sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against three of her superiors.