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City hires appraiser for Bay Plaza project

The city has hired Centerline Group Inc. of St. Petersburg to appraise seven downtown properties that will be acquired as part of the Bay Plaza redevelopment project. The city is moving forward with condemnation proceedings for the properties Bay Plaza was unsuccessful in negotiating to buy. The appraisals will be completed in early July, according to L. James Parham, Centerline president.

8 face drug charges in Round Lake area

ST. PETERSBURG _ As part of an effort to clean up the Round Lake neighborhood, police arrested eight people on drug charges this week. Seven of the eight were charged with sale and possession of cocaine. One person was charged with sale and possession of marijuana. Police also seized 14 pieces of crack cocaine at 700 Fifth St. N, Apartment B, after serving a search warrant. The suspects are Horace J. Sawyer, 44, Lorenzo B. Miffin, 48, Andre L. Jackson, 26, Jennifer D. Brison, 18, Daphne D. Sumbry, 27, Calvin D. Lewis, 22, Kristina Howard, 24, and Velma D. Dallas, 25. Another man, Robert Mayer, 56, was charged with food stamp fraud.

Boy almost drowns during swim class

SEMINOLE _ A 6-year-old boy nearly drowned as he and 25 others took swimming lessons at a country club Thursday, and an administrator at the boy's summer camp said she believes the pool did not have enough instructors on hand. Scott Leslie Landry Jr. of Seminole was taken by helicopter to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg after the accident Thursday morning and was in fair condition late Thursday afternoon. Scott was revived by Seminole Swim School director Steve Graves after he was found underwater in the deep end of the Seminole Lake Racquet Club pool just after 9:30 a.m., according to sheriff's and Seminole Fire and Rescue Department reports. Graves defended his staffing levels, saying, "I feel that the ratio was good." Scott who was not breathing and had turned blue, was revived after about 30 seconds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, said Susan Baraybar, administrator of the private Wellington School. Baraybar said she believes the swim school overbooked and had too many children present Thursday.

Police searching for Pier burglar

ST. PETERSBURG _ Police are searching for a burglar who broke into three businesses and the trolley at The Pier early Tuesday morning. Only a small amount of cash was taken from one of the businesses, said Terri Hubble, a spokeswoman for the Police Department. She said it is unclear how the burglar entered the businesses. The businesses were: Candies and Cones, Mystere Sailing School and Alessi Cafe.

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