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Published Aug. 2, 2007


A Tampa General Hospital patient who had just been released fell from a seven-story parking garage outside the hospital, according to police. The incident happened Tuesday at 7:43 p.m. Police Lt. Bruce Leidholdt said it was unclear what floor the man jumped from, but investigators believed it was above the fifth floor. The man was in surgery late Tuesday. Neither his name nor other information was immediately available, although he was described as a white male. A hospital spokeswoman could not confirm anything about the fall due to patient privacy issues.

Man faces heroin trafficking charges

A 25-year-old Tampa man was arrested early Tuesday for conspiring to traffic in heroin. Alexander Burgos, 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 was arrested just after midnight at Tampa International Airport. Jail records show that Burgos, who also goes by Ivan Franco, has a lengthy arrest record for charges of drug trafficking and firearm possession. He is being held without bond at the Orient Road Jail


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 motorcycle 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 told investigators 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, 20-year-old Cheryl Shambrea Farr, was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital. Her husband, Curtis Farr, 21, and their two children - Kaylee, 1, and Dalyes, 2 - were taken there by ambulance, sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. Injuries to the Farr family were described as not life-threatening.


Three are arrested in home invasion

Police arrested three people Tuesday in connection with a home invasion where a Largo man was beaten and hogtied in his mobile home, officials said. Jeremie Ulsh, 24, Mario McGriff, 24, and Pamela Grace, 29, were arrested in St. Petersburg. Police said the three would be charged with kidnapping and robbery. Ulsh also would be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, said Largo police Sgt. John Trebino. Trebino said the arrest was made possible through tips from the public. Stephen Mason, 56, who lives at Avalon Travel Trailer Park, 16860 U.S. 19 N, near Whitney Road, was punched in the ribs, his legs and arms were tied with phone cord, and his mouth was stuffed with a sock Monday night, police said. His attackers made off with Mason's gold 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, his cell phone and a few other items, police said. Police responded after neighbors heard Mason's screams.