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FBI: Man kidnapped 16-year-old girl for sex

A 31-year-old man was arrested Nov. 7 for kidnapping a 16-year-old girl in St. Petersburg and taking her to Georgia for sexual activity and related crimes, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI said Bajro Suljic kidnapped the girl Oct. 29 and offered her family money to keep them from pursuing criminal charges against him, and as payment for the girl. The FBI did not give Suljic's address or say what city he lives in.

Suljic was charged with kidnapping and transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes. The FBI did not provide information about where Suljic is being held or what his bail is.

Man gets five months for

failing to pay income tax

TAMPA _ A north Pinellas County man who operated a cleaning service was sentenced Friday to five months in prison for failing to pay federal income taxes. James M. Rexroat, 51, was also ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Rexroat owed the IRS $113,277.27 after failing to pay taxes for each of the last three quarters of 1996. Rexroat pleaded guilty to one count of evading the payment of federal income taxes from MMI Company's employee and FICA taxes.

Spilled debris from truck accident closes I-75 lanes

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in southern Hillsborough County were closed for about four hours Saturday afternoon after a dump truck overturned, spilling debris over the highway, authorities said.

The rock-hauling truck crashed on I-75 near Big Bend Road, not far from Sun City Center, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Officers closed the interstate because the amount of spilled debris made it unsafe. They rerouted traffic down nearby state roads, but at one point northbound traffic on I-75 was backed up for miles, to the Manatee County line.

The interstate reopened about 5 p.m.