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NINTH-GRADERS ARRESTED ON GUN CHARGE

Tampa

Three students were arrested Friday afternoon on a charge of bringing a gun to Blake High School. A school resource officer got a tip from a student that two other students had a gun on campus, Tampa police said. The officer searched the two students at 12:35 p.m. but did not find a gun. The officer then put the school on lockdown. At 2:30 p.m., a female student told a teacher she had the weapon - an unloaded .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun - in her locker. The three students, all ninth-graders, were charged with possession of a weapon on school campus. They are not being identified by the Times due to their age.

St. Petersburg

2 men carjack delivery driver

Police are investigating the carjacking of a fast food delivery man Thursday night. The man was carjacked as he delivered Chinese food to a home in the 4200 block of 11th Avenue S, police said. Two men in a white SUV cut off the victim, a 52-year-old Largo man, as he drove along the 1900 block of 42nd Street S about 8:30 p.m. The SUV's passenger jumped out, approached the driver, then pistol-whipped him before stealing his car, police said. The man's car was recovered several minutes later, police said. Several hundred dollars was taken.

Tampa

Man accused of molesting patient

A Tampa man touched 91-year-old woman's breast at a nursing home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Bernardo L. Reyes, 58, of 4517 Rome Ave., was charged Friday with felony battery on an elderly person, according to the Sheriff's Office. An employee at Weinberg Village on Community Campus Drive told investigators that Reyes was seen touching the woman, who has insomnia and dementia, Thursday evening. Reyes said he put a hand on her shoulder to help her into bed but also admitted being in her room several times, according to an arrest report. He was freed from jail on $2,000 bond.

Land O'lakes

Two face charges linked to '87 killing

A once-prominent central Pasco developer long suspected of killing his ex-wife has been arrested in connection with her death. Budwin "Bud" Brace is not charged with killing Loma Brace, who was found Feb. 1, 1987, in her Lakeland apartment. He was arrested Friday on a charge of perjury. Clayton Fivecoat, a longtime mechanic for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, was charged with first-degree murder and perjury. Police say the men lied to a grand jury.

New Port Richey

Pasco woman dies in wreck

A woman driving a minivan was killed Friday morning when her vehicle collided with a Land Rover driven by a Largo man. About 11:10 a.m., Denise A. Dennis, 35, of Holiday was northbound on Little Road, moving into the left turn lane as Ronald L. Gramling, 36, of 9265 83rd Lane N in Largo, lost control from the center southbound lane, crossed the median and veered into Dennis' path. Gramling was taken to the hospital.

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