ST. PETE BEACH - The drawbridge on the Pinellas Bayway locked open just after 8 p.m. Friday, causing traffic to be detoured for about an hour.
The drawbridge lowered after letting a boat through but would not lock into place. A Florida Department of Transportation crew was called out to fix the problem.
The department is working toward a construction contract to replace the 40-year-old bridge, a main artery to St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille from Isla del Sol.
Man faces life sentence for killing girlfriend
LARGO - A jury took just over an hour Thursday night to convict a St. Petersburg man of murdering his girlfriend.
Wayne A. Greene, 54, was convicted of second-degree murder for the February 2002 killing of Josephine Dallas, 35. Greene is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. He faces up to life in prison.
Prosecutors said Greene shot Dallas, then dumped her body behind St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 2920 26th Ave. S.
Police found her blood in Greene's apartment and matched tire tracks found at the church to his car. Bullet fragments found in Dallas' head were matched to Greene's gun, prosecutors said.
Former Dunedin man gets prison for tax evasion
TAMPA - A U.S. district judge sentenced Howard Lee McCauley to 15 months in prison on Thursday for failing to pay three-quarters of a million dollars in income taxes.
McCauley, who used to live in Dunedin, pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion on Nov. 30, 2004. He was an independent financial planner who owned M&A Financial and used Raymond James Financial to process his transactions. He filed personal income tax returns that reflected only a small portion of his true income, federal officials said. But Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators learned that between 1997 and 1998, McCauley evaded payment of about $787,432 in taxes.
McCauley's sentence also included three years of probation.
Youth sports treasurer accused of stealing funds
Officials with the Pinellas Park Youth Sports Association knew their bank account should have had more than $26,000, but the treasurer's report said otherwise.
On Thursday, 33-year-old Tiffany Ann Curry of 7690 56th St. N in Pinellas Park was arrested and charged with grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and scheme to defraud, all felonies.
She was released Friday from the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
According to a police report, Curry was in charge of the association's finances in 2005. As treasurer, she was responsible for all accounts receivable and bill payment for the group, authorities said. She also had control of the club's credit card.
In several instances, credit card records showed that Curry used the card to pay several bills. It also included cash withdrawals, including one for $600 shortly before she left for a vacation.