Ross Perri's dream was to swim with dolphins. But the 12-year-old resident of Jericho, Vt., was ill with leukemia, so family members and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium gave him the next best thing. Friday, with the use of a videocamera and a computer, they brought Winter, a tailless dolphin, to Perri's bedroom. Ross laughed and smiled and talked of how cool it was to watch Winter jump and splash. He died that night. "He enjoyed it so much, and we are really happy that he got a chance to see Winter," said Anthony Perri, Ross' father.
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Girl dies after crash of van with 11 kids
A critically injured 7-year-old girl - one of 11 children not wearing seat belts when a van crashed Monday - has died. Anja-J'Kovi Jackson was among 11 children riding in a 2000 Voyager van when, her mother lost control the vehicle and smashed into a retention wall on Lynn Turner Road near Village View Drive, deputies say. The investigation is ongoing. The girl's mother, Amanda J. Nelson, 34, has not been charged, a sheriff's spokesman said. Nelson of 5740 Ridgestone Drive also was not wearing a seat belt. Only Anja-J'Kovi sustained incapacitating injuries.
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Ex-clerk repays stolen jury funds
A former Pinellas County Clerk's Office employee repaid the $8,738 that she admitted pilfering from jury pay funds, Clerk Ken Burke said Wednesday. Deborah Haugabook, 49, of St. Petersburg resigned in July after confessing that she took the money because she was having money problems and facing home foreclosure, Burke said. The popular, longtime employee was later arrested on a felony theft charge. The repayment isn't part of the criminal charge pending against her, Burke said, but will likely help her case. No one answered the door at her home Wednesday.
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Husband accused of bomb threat text
An estranged husband upset that his wife had left home to "clear her head" with her family in Tennessee is accused of texting her photos of homemade bombs and suggesting he would use them if he lost their two children in a divorce. Jason Steven Everett, 27, of 9511 86th Ave. N in Seminole was arrested on charges of aggravated stalking and two counts of making or discharging a destructive device, two live M80-like objects that his wife later discovered in their closet. A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office bomb squad unit confiscated the homemade devices and four M80s found in a plastic bag in Everett's home. The improvised bombs were "significantly potent" and "could have caused seriously bodily injury," a sheriff's spokeswoman said. Everett was held in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.