A St. Petersburg youth died early Friday after being shot multiple times near 48th Street and 56th Avenue N, the Sheriff's Office said. After the shooting, a friend drove away with Jesse O'Hara in the passenger seat of a four-door Chrysler Concorde and pulled into the entrance of a Verizon service building in the 4300 block of 54th Avenue N. Then, he called 911, the Sheriff's Office said. Paramedics pulled O'Hara, 17, from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 1:25 a.m. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested Clinton C. Davies, 18, of St. Petersburg, late Friday and charged him with second-degree murder. Investigators followed several leads that pointed them to Davies, who they said admitted during an interview that he was involved. He was arrested about 7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff's Administration Building in Largo.
MacDill contractor faces porn charge
The FBI arrested a contract system administrator at MacDill Air Force Base on charges of child pornography possession this week. Julian Clawson, 24, of 14511 Midland Greens Place, Tampa, can get a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if he is convicted. The FBI arrested Clawson Wednesday in Tarpon Springs, according to a news release. Additional details were unavailable Friday evening.
Man accused of February murder
Months after appealing to a tight-lipped community for help, Clearwater police on Friday said they have solved the city's first homicide of 2007. Lloyd "Pooh" Neal, 18, of Largo was charged in the murder of Julian "Rat Rat" Kaigler, 25, who was gunned down on Valentine's Day in front of the Palmetto Park Apartments. Kaigler's murder is one of four open homicide cases in North Greenwood, a predominantly black neighborhood with a long history of law enforcement mistrust. On Friday, community leaders and police agreed the case is affirmation of a neighborhood moving in the right direction.
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Officers say man hit teen with golf club
A Pasco County man has been accused of hitting his teenage daughter with a golf club after she violated house rules. Richard Murphy of 6620 Ridgetop Drive in the Oak Ridge subdivision was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail. Murphy, a registered nurse, came home from work about 2 p.m. Thursday and found his daughter Katherine, 18, had friends over without permission. According to the report, Murphy said he was defending himself from his daughter, who threatened to hit him with a metal pole.
High school vandals get probation
Two men who vandalized Palm Harbor University High School with racial slurs in May were sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service. Colin Morrison, 20, and David Fishman, 18, pleaded no contest to criminal mischief for defacing nine portable classrooms.