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Published Sep. 17, 2009


A 55-year-old Brandon woman died Wednesday afternoon when her car collided with a sport utility vehicle on U.S. 301 near Jackson Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. At 12:20 p.m., Sue Cypkin was driving north in the southbound lane of U.S. 301, and two cars swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision, according to a news release. She further lost control of the 2000 Honda Civic, and it jerked sideways in front of John C. Shelton's Ford Explorer. The SUV hit the right side of Cypkin's car, and she died at the scene of the crash. Shelton, 41, of Dade City was taken Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills with minor injuries. Cypkin was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol.

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24-year-old jailed in child porn case

Undercover detectives arrested a 24-year-old Tampa man Tuesday night and charged him with being in possession of storage devices full of child pornography. Nicholas Beeman of 717 W 113th Ave. first linked up with a Boynton Beach detective online and sent him numerous images, according to the Attorney General's Office. Then Beeman set up a meeting at a Tampa motel to give the undercover officer more child pornography and the cop tipped off the attorney general's Tampa cybercrime task force, which took over the investigation. A Hillsborough County sheriff's detective met Beeman at the motel, and the men went back to Beeman's home, the attorney general's release said. He gave the detective two external storage devices with child pornography on them, some with images of boys as young as 5 years old, the release said. Beeman was arrested at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday and booked into the Orient Road Jail on one count of possession of child pornography. He was being held without bail.

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Racetrack Road to see detours

Detours are in store for motorists at the intersection of Linebaugh Avenue and Racetrack Road this weekend. The intersection will be closed starting at 9 tonight and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. Officials recommend that drivers avoid the area. However, Douglas Road and Hillsborough Avenue are alternatives to get around the closure. The closure is necessary so construction crews can raise the level of the road to meet government standards for evacuation routes. The work is the third phase in an overall $40 million project to widen Racetrack. The current phase, slated to cost more than $11 million, includes widening more than 1.2 miles of Racetrack from Linebaugh to Countryway Boulevard from two to four lanes.