Hillsborough sheriff's detectives are trying to identify and question a woman they believe was acquainted with Timothy Chipley and lived in the same apartment complex where his body was found. Chipley is the kickboxer whose body was found in a pond at the Country Wood Apartments on Friday, five days after witnesses last saw him walking home from a Carrollwood pub . Sheriff's officials said he was the victim of a homicide. Anyone with any information about the woman is asked to call (813) 247-8200.
For the FCAT, leave the iPod at home
FCAT takers, beware: Your test will be voided if a cell phone or iPod is found in your pocket during the exams. The tougher enforcement begins Tuesday, when students in fourth, eighth and 10th grades take the writing section of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The state Education Department is worried about cheating because of camera phones and other devices that can record or transmit information. Officials want to "make it impossible to text a message and e-mail a picture of the test to someone else," said Bill Thompson, assessment director for Palm Beach County schools
Tax rebate scam has already begun
Floridians beware: The latest scam involves people asking for personal information to help consumers obtain their federal tax rebate check. "Congress hasn't even approved a tax rebate plan yet," warned Charles Bronson, the state's agriculture and consumer services commissioner. The scam began sweeping the country recently. One variation involves a company calling itself the Federal Commission Refund Department, offering to help get a refund for a $29 fee deducted from your bank account. Another involves a phony IRS agent asking for your Social Security number and other information that would allow him to get a credit card in your name.
Beer, not the baby, was strapped in
A woman pulled over for running a red light had a 24-pack of beer strapped in with a seat belt but had a 16-month-old girl unrestrained in the back seat of her car with the toddler's mother, authorities said. Tina D. Williams, 46, was arrested Sunday after she was pulled over in St. Augustine. She was charged with driving under the influence, child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license, a jail official said. Williams remained in the St. Johns County jail Tuesday; bail was set at $31,000.
-Anyone with information about the stolen bronze bust of Adela Gonzmart, matriarch of the Columbia Restaurant, should call the restaurant at (813) 248-3000, ext. 22. A story Tuesday gave an incorrect phone number.
-A school boundary advisory committee is not recommending that students living in Van Dyke Farms be reassigned from Martinez Middle School to Walker Middle School. A story published Tuesday was incorrect on this point.