A North Carolina truck driver who was $28,095 behind in child support payments for his 9- and 15-year-old children was arrested Wednesday at his Lutz home on a Virginia warrant, said sheriff's reports. Larry Edward Burchett, 43, was on a "top 10" list in Virginia for child support evasion, deputies said. He was held without bail Thursday pending extradition.
Man lying on tracks
is killed by freight train
TAMPA _ A 29-year-old man died Thursday evening after he was run over by a freight train in Gibsonton, Hillsborough sheriff's officials said. The man, whose name has not been released because his family has not been notified, was run over about 5 p.m. as he lay across the tracks of a trestle that crosses Bull Frog Creek near Symmes Road, officials said. Although the CSX train tried to stop, the man became stuck under the wheels of one of the train's engines, officials said. He was flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
Tanker laden with acid
runs aground in Tampa Bay
TAMPA _ A 585-foot tanker carrying acid ran aground on a sandbar in Tampa Bay on Thursday night, but none of the cargo leaked, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. The Jo-Oak, which was carrying sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid from Wilmington, Del., became stuck about 10 p.m., said Petty Officer P. Nagy. The ship is double-hulled and none of the cargo leaked into the ship or into the bay, Nagy said. It was unclear whether officials would wait for a changing tide to free the ship or use tugboats to dislodge the tanker.
Ted Williams' ex-business partner is convicted of theft
BROOKSVILLE _ A jury convicted Vincent Antonucci on Thursday of stealing a $37,800 check from baseball legend Ted Williams, who lives in Citrus County. Antonucci, of Citrus County, was once Williams' partner in a Crystal River baseball memorabilia store. Antonucci was to have used the money to buy baseball cards as an investment for Williams, but instead deposited it into a personal checking account, spent much of it and never produced the cards. He faces two and a half to five and a half years in prison. Sentencing is March 19.