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Jail camera used to trace cocaine



CLEARWATER _ Keith L. Ramsey was booked in jail Friday morning on a misdemeanor traffic charge. A few hours later, he was charged with smuggling cocaine into the Pinellas County Jail. Thank a camera, Pinellas deputies say. Ramsey, 18, of 1050 Third Ave. N in St. Petersburg, owes his latest charge to the video cameras installed earlier this month in the jail's booking and holding areas, deputies say. A couple of hours after Ramsey was taken to the jail on a traffic charge, correctional officers found a plastic bag with 13 pieces of crack cocaine. When they reviewed the videotapes, correctional officers say they saw Ramsey throw the bag away. Ramsey was charged and held on $5,000 bail.

Police say street

killing was revenge

ST. PETERSBURG _ A man who appeared to be in his early 20s was fatally shot in the chest Friday evening, apparently in a retaliatory attack, police said. After hearing gunshots at about 7:30 p.m., police drove to an area near 14th Street and 11th Avenue S and found the man lying on his back on a sidewalk. The man appeared to have been shot once in the upper right side of his chest, said acting Lt. David DeKay. He said details were sketchy. "As far as we can tell, it's some type of retaliatory shooting," DeKay said. "There was an ongoing argument." Police would not identify the man pending notification of relatives.


Party to celebrate

rent-dispute settlement

RIVERVIEW _ It will be a different kind of party when residents of the Crescent Lake Mobile Colony get together Feb. 29. It's a lawsuit settlement party. More than 100 tenants in the Riverview park sued the park in 1987, alleging that their rents were too high and that the park had fallen into disrepair. The tenants own their mobile homes but rent their land. The landlord, Waldo Spitler, declined to comment Friday. A jury found in the tenants' favor, estimating their rent increases at 15 to 55 percent above market value. Circuit Judge Daniel Gallagher overruled the jury verdict, but the tenants won on appeal. It took close to a year to work out a settlement of $410,000. Some of that will pay lawyers and some will repay a loan to the Federation of Mobile Home Owners of Florida, said Lawrence Colgan, president of the mobile homeowners' association. The 93 tenants and former tenants who have remained in the lawsuit will get about $4,000 each on average, he said.