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Published Aug. 2, 2007


A man who had just been released from Tampa General Hospital apparently jumped to his death from one of the upper levels of a seven-story parking garage outside the hospital, police said. Tampa police responded to the hospital at 7:43 p.m. Tuesday after a 43-year-old man appeared to have jumped from either the fifth or sixth floor, police Lt. Bruce Leidholdt said. The man, whose last known address was in St. Petersburg, was taken to surgery, but did not survive, Leidholdt said. His name was not released, pending notification of his family. A hospital spokeswoman could not confirm anything about the fall due to patient privacy issues.


Zephyrhills couple die in Harley wreck

A Zephyrhills couple was killed Monday after a head-on collision with a Dodge Caravan carrying a family of four, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Charles Francis Viveros, 43, was driving north on a Harley-Davidson on Morris Bridge Road near the Pasco-Hillsborough county line just before 7 p.m. Susan Lynn Ferrara, 38, was riding on the back. Witnesses said the bike's front tire began to wobble, causing the motorcycle to veer into the southbound lane and collide with the van. The driver of the Caravan, Cheryl Shambrea Farr, 20, was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital. Her husband, Curtis Farr, 21, and their two children were taken by ambulance, sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. Their injuries were described as not life-threatening.


Man faces heroin trafficking charges

A Tampa man was arrested early Tuesday at Tampa International Airport on charges of conspiring to traffic in heroin. Alexander Burgos, 25, of 3603 Garrison St. N was charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, conspiracy to traffic in heroin, obstructing or opposing an officer with violence and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bond.