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Two suspects identified in Brandon shooting

Hillsborough investigators have identified two suspects in the shooting of a 55-year-old Brandon man last month.

William Whiteman was sitting in his garage at 1727 Westerly Drive on Jan. 29 when a man and a woman walked up and demanded money. The man shot Whiteman, and the pair fled on foot.

Investigators now say the pair were Ayesha Godfrey, 19, 1209 122nd Ave., Apt. A, in Tampa, and Reginald McCray, 22, who deputies say is at large.

Godfrey, a hair stylist, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder, armed burglary, robbery and attempted armed robbery. She was being held at the Orient Road Jail on Tuesday night without bail.

Authorities on Tuesday issued warrants for McCray's arrest on the same charges. According to a jail record from an arrest last year, McCray is 5-foot-9, 170 pounds and also goes by the name "Kato."

Whiteman was treated and released from Tampa General Hospital.

Anyone with any information about McCray's whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or CrimeStoppers at (800) 873-8477.

Deputies arrest suspect

in Philadelphia slaying

PLANT CITY - Hillsborough sheriff's deputies on Monday arrested a man wanted in Philadelphia on charges that he shot and killed a 37-year-old man.

But the path that led investigators to Kirk Anthony Brown, 29, was a winding one that started with a drug investigation several states away.

The Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration confiscated a package containing 7 pounds of marijuana that was intended to be delivered to 1301 N Bracewell Drive in Plant City. Authorities there handed the package over to Hillsborough deputies, who attempted the delivery on Monday.

A man at the address gave his name as Lexton White and told investigators he had arranged to have the package delivered to the Plant City address, where he said his relatives live.

Soon after, deputies learned from the man's family that his real name is Kirk Antonio Brown, a fugitive wanted on homicide charges in Pennsylvania, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

According to Philadelphia police, Brown shot and killed Donovan Lindsay, 37, on July 7.

Brown was being held without bail at the Orient Road Jail on Tuesday night.

Home invaders ransack

house of Tampa woman

TAMPA - An 89-year-old Tampa woman was shaken but not injured after a home invasion, police said Tuesday.

Daisy J. Paris was walking from her utility shed to her house, 1943 W Cypress St., about 5:30 p.m. Monday when three men in their late 20s forced her inside and held her against her will while they ransacked the home, according to a Tampa police report.

One man stayed with Paris in the kitchen while the other two rummaged through her belongings, taking jewelry and cash.

The men took off in a green and tan station wagon, possibly a 2000 Ford or Mercury, police said.

Two homes destroyed

by fire at Tampa park

TAMPA - Gene Kutelman and Jamie Lowery moved to the Great Dane mobile home park two weeks ago, but already they are looking for a new place to live.

A fire ravaged their rented mobile home Tuesday morning and spread to another, destroying it, too, according to Hillsborough Fire Rescue officials. Fire Rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley said investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire, but it did not appear to be suspicious.

Kutelman and Lowery, both 29, told investigators they left their mobile home, at U.S. 301 N and Sligh Avenue, to walk their children to the nearby school bus stop. When the couple returned a few minutes later, they saw smoke filling it, according to Yeakley.

The smoke quickly erupted into flames that spread to the adjacent mobile home of Anthony Lebanc and Kim Kaminski-Allen.

Cause of apartment fire

still being investigated

TAMPA - Fire investigators have not yet determined what sparked Monday's fire at the Watermans Crossing apartment complex, but code enforcement officials on Tuesday condemned 11 of the worst-damaged apartments, said Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Jace Kohan.

The fire at 4515 N Rome Ave. appears to have started in a second-floor unit of one of the large complex's buildings, and authorities said they do not suspect arson.

- STAFF, WIRE REPORTS

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