A 57-year-old Spring Hill woman was arrested Wednesday morning, accused of bringing a loaded revolver in her purse through airport security. Susan Mericle True of 6098 E Shannon Ave. was arrested at 6:03 a.m. at Tampa International Airport, jail records show. She faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, a .38-caliber revolver with five rounds of ammunition, jail records show. After an X-ray machine detected the gun, True pulled out a concealed weapons permit, but it had expired, airport officials say. True, who told investigators she was a retired airline employee, was scheduled to travel on an American Airlines flight to Dallas with her boyfriend's 15-year-old daughter, officials said. True was held in the Hillsborough County jail on $2,000 bail.
Wharton students accused of arson
Two Wharton High School students have been arrested, accused of deliberately setting a fire at a New Tampa apartment complex, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. The fire happened July 26 at 2:57 a.m. at the Morgan Creek Apartments, 17200 Madison Green Drive, a three-story, 20-apartment complex. Fire crews responded to an automatic alarm at the complex and found a fire in the closet of an empty first-floor apartment. The fire was under control in 15 minutes, and no injuries were reported. Damages were estimated at $1,500. The Tampa Fire Marshal's Office investigated the blaze and found it was arson. Witnesses told investigators that three teens had been hanging around the apartments. Investigators found two teens who matched the description of the suspects. On Tuesday, investigators arrested the teens, ages 16 and 14, on charges of burglary and arson. Both teens are scheduled to attend Wharton High this fall.
A year later, man jailed in sex crime
Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies arrested a 27-year-old man Wednesday on a charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor after DNA evidence linked him to the crime. Deputies said Ryan O'Rourke, of 2021 Samantha Lane in Valrico, had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl on Sept. 1, 2006. Jail records show O'Rourke was charged Sept. 17, 2006, with tampering with a witness and trespassing. A backlog of DNA cases at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement caused the nearly yearlong delay in analyzing O'Rourke's sample, authorities said. He was held Wednesday at the Orient Road Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.
Bar owner charged with sales tax theft
Mike Agnello, 46, a downtown bar owner, civic activist and onetime City Commission candidate, has been charged with theft of state funds. Authorities say that for several months last year, he collected sales tax revenue at his bar, the Osceola Tavern, but never sent it to the state. According to an affidavit, he owes almost $58,000 in back sales taxes, plus penalties and interest. He said he fell behind on paying sales taxes because he needed the money to keep the bar running.