The son of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Tom Scott, who works at a Christian day school at his father's church, was arrested late Wednesday night on charges of animal cruelty, confinement of animals without food and water, obstructing an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Marlon Jauron Scott, 25, the media specialist at King's Kids Christian Academy in East Tampa, was accused of keeping two Rottweilers on 3-foot chains in direct sunlight, a Tampa Police Department arrest report states. When an officer ordered Scott several times to step out of his house, he refused, police say. The officer then reached for Scott's wrist, but he "retreated into the home, stepped behind the door and pushed it forcibly against" the officer, the report says. Scott was then forced into handcuffs. Scott was released from Orient Road Jail early Thursday morning on $7,500 bail.
Same man sought in two bank robberies
Deputies are seeking a toothless man they think tried to rob two banks this week. He's white, 65 to 70 years old, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, 220 pounds with a possibly crippled right hand. Investigators say he tried to rob Washington Mutual Bank at 1101 W Brandon Blvd. shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday by sliding a note to a teller. The teller slipped him back a receipt, and the man walked out without money. Deputies think it's the same man who robbed Pilot Bank at 668 Oakfield Drive. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.
Injured man identified in home invasion
The Sheriff's Office has identified a 23-year-old man who was shot Monday while allegedly invading a home. Omar Ortiz is in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, the Sheriff's Office said. He is accused of slipping through an unlocked door while Cynthia Kilgore, John Kilgore and their two sons carried their luggage into their house, 286 W State Road 60, after returning from vacation about 1 a.m. After Cynthia Kilgore discovered Ortiz in the bedroom, John Kilgore shot him once in the upper torso. The Sheriff's Office is seeking family members for Ortiz. Anyone with information is asked to call 247-8662.
Driver dies when
SUV hits pole
A Tampa man died late Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Temple Crest. Carlos C. Gray, 33, was northbound on N 40th Street in the 7000 block when his Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle left the road and struck a mailbox pole, Tampa police said Thursday. The vehicle flipped onto its roof and slid a distance into several phone poles beside the roadway. Gray died at the scene.
DADE CITY: Willie Andre Haynes, 38, was convicted of aggravated battery of Catina Washington. He had faced charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree arson.