A pedestrian was found dead inside the stolen car that police say struck him.
Tampa police received a report around 2:30 p.m. Monday of a dead body in a vehicle in the back yard of 1513 E Poinsettia Ave. The body of a white, adult male was in the front passenger seat of a 1990 Honda Accord that police said was reported stolen Sunday night. The dead man was a pedestrian who had been hit by the car and thrown through the windshield, said police. The man's artificial leg was found at Linebaugh and Nebraska avenues, where police said they think he was struck. Police said someone put the body in the car and drove a few blocks to Poinsettia Avenue, where it was abandoned. Police said late Monday they had no suspects.
Husband of slain Lutz woman granted bail
TAMPA _ Michael J. McIntosh Sr., who was arrested last week for violating a domestic violence injunction against his slain wife, was granted bail in court Monday morning.
Aprile McIntosh, 35, was found dead in her Lutz home Nov. 8. Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide, but no arrests have been made in connection with the death.
In late October, a judge imposed a domestic violence injunction against McIntosh, 49. The order stemmed from McIntosh's arrest on Oct. 6 after his wife alleged he spit in her face and threw a book at her chest. Thursday, authorities charged him with violating the injunction because McIntosh was at the couple's Crystal Cove home when deputies arrived the morning of her death.
Bail for McIntosh was set at $500. Jail records showed he was still in custody late Monday.
Fire ruins mobile home as man tries to do good deed
TAMPA _ James Calhoun had charity on his mind Wednesday afternoon while fire threatened his house and a neighbor's residence.
Calhoun was about to leave on a Christmas present buying spree for Metropolitan Ministries when some teenage passers-by told him his 1995 Coachman motor home was on fire.
"I ran out and looked, and it (the fire) was coming straight up," said Calhoun, who was in the house with his wife.
Calhoun, 74, said he tried to help firefighters by cutting off the electricity. But firefighters could not save the motor home, which had been parked in the yard between Calhoun's home and his neighbor's. He said he always turns off the butane stove in the vehicle, which he bought in 1996 for $75,000.
The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, acting Capt. Marc Reed said. He estimated the damage to the motor home at $60,000. Heat and smoke damage to both houses is estimated at $5,000, Reed said.
Bicyclist crossing Bearss dies after being hit by car
TAMPA _ A bicyclist crossing an intersection against traffic died Friday after being hit by a car, Hillsborough County deputies said.
Edward Johnson Jr., 66, of 1103 E 140th Ave. was crossing E Bearss Avenue at N 12th Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. when deputies said he violated the right of way and was struck by a Mitsubishi driven by Nicole R. Mobley.
Mobley, 22, of 8801 Hunters Lake Drive was headed west on Bearss, deputies said. Johnson died before paramedics could get him to a hospital.