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Man takes sledgehammer to Tampa television station

Published Oct. 9, 2005

A Clearwater man, claiming his privacy was being invaded by a station because it was broadcasting in his living room each night, took a sledgehammer to the station's building. Alexander Abraham Anderson, 41, drove to the WTVT-Ch. 13 building in Tampa on Thursday night and threatened security guard Tom Cunane, according to Brian Goff of WTVT's assignment desk. Cunane went inside the building to get his gun, and Anderson began smashing the building's 10-foot by 5-foot glass windows, Goff said. Cunane returned with his gun and held Anderson until Tampa police arrived, Goff said. Anderson told Cunane the station was invading his privacy by entering his living room every day on his TV set, Goff said. He was treated at Bay Pines Hospital for cuts, police said.

VERBAL ARGUMENT TURNS INTO BRAWL. A verbal argument between two groups of men Saturday turned into a brawl on an exit of Interstate 275, Tampa police said. Police gave the following account of the incident: Marcus Bodrick, Andrian Hicks, and Joseph Allan were in a late model Dodge at N 17th Street and Sitka Avenue at 7:30 p.m. when they got into a verbal argument three other men. The other men, Richard Pearsall, 27, Michael Hoops, and David Hoyt, each driving a dune buggy, began chasing the Dodge, ramming it several times as it headed south on I-275 near the Bird Street exit. The Dodge left the Interstate at Sligh Avenue and blocked the exit ramp. The men got out of their vehicles and starting fighting. Police broke up the brawl and arrested Pearsall, Hoops, and Hoyt, charging each of them with aggravated battery and aggravated assault, Tampa police said.

TWO YOUTHS STABBED AT POOL PARTY. Two youngsters were stabbed during a pool party at E.H. McLin swimming pool in Campbell Park late Friday, police said. The youngsters, who have not been identified, suffered minor injuries, police said. Sgt. Brian Stickney said officers in nearby Bethel Heights heard a gunshot in the area about 10:15 p.m. and headed toward the park. As the officers arrived, they heard more gunshots. They never discovered the cause of the shots, Stickney said. But as they approached the pool, just off Seventh Avenue S, they saw 200 youngsters who had come for a Splish Splash series party from 7 to 11 p.m. at the pool. Officers found one youngster stabbed, and he was taken to Bayfront Medical Center. Another youngster who was driven to the hospital also had suffered a stab wound, Stickney said. No further information was available Saturday.