Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives seized nearly $100,000 worth of drugs, guns and motorcycles Thursday night from a Thonotosassa residence they said was a drug house and stolen vehicle chop shop.
The Special Operations and Emergency Response teams found 500 grams of methamphetamine, six handguns, three shotguns, 14 rifles, a Tech 9 submachine gun, 500 rounds of ammunition, and small amounts of marijuana and cocaine, according to sheriff's officials. Detectives also seized five motorcycles, two of which had been stolen.
Richard Huggins, 35, who lives at the residence at 4810 Peacock Road, was charged with operating a chop shop, armed drug trafficking, conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and grand theft auto. Heather Marie Way, 20, who also lives at the house, was charged with armed drug trafficking and possession of cannabis. Saul Silva, 22, of 408 W Bates St. in Plant City, was charged with armed drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine.
South Tampa man reported missing is found
TAMPA _ A South Tampa man reported missing Wednesday has been found unharmed, police said Friday.
Police located Michael Kritzer, 34, at his W Hills Avenue residence Friday afternoon. He said he was unaware that anyone was searching for him. Police had been looking for him after co-workers and family members became concerned about his whereabouts, officials said.
Police identify man found dead in Ybor City
TAMPA _ A man found battered and dead in his Ybor City home has been identified by police as Victor Damone Williams, 40, of 2406 E 15th St.
On Thursday night, Williams' body was found with evidence of trauma to the upper body, police said. The case is being investigated as a homicide.
State Department of Corrections records list Williams as a former inmate who was released in 2000 after serving time on drug charges.
Case that closed strip club will be reconsidered
TAMPA _ The Second District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that the Hillsborough Circuit Court must reconsider a ruling to close down an Ybor City strip club run by Joe Redner.
In 1998, the city of Tampa prevailed in its effort to close the Club Flamingo, which now operates as a nightclub. The Circuit Court must reconsider the case in light of recent case law that shifts the burden to the city to prove the club has a deleterious effect on the area, said Redner's attorney, Luke Lirot.
Times writer to lead USF St. Petersburg program
Jeff Klinkenberg, who has written about Florida culture for the St. Petersburg Times for 25 years, has been named Writer in Residence for the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Klinkenberg, 54, will lecture, lead class discussions, conduct writing tutorials and take students and faculty on field trips. The appointment is for the spring semester. He will continue as Real Florida columnist for the newspaper's Floridian section.
He has twice won the Paul Hansell Award as the state's best reporter. A new collection of his newspaper writing, Seasons of Real Florida, is to be published this year by the University Press of Florida.
The USF Florida Studies Program, the first of its kind in the state, offers undergraduate and graduate level classes in state and regional history, literature, politics, film and feature writing.