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Published Sep. 22, 2009


Pasco Sheriff's deputies arrested 46-year-old James Edwin Smith on a charge of attempted murder after, they say, he beat his wife with an aluminum baseball bat. Smith struck her in the head numerous times with the bat Sunday evening during an argument at their house at 8635 Cypress Lakes Blvd., according to an arrest report. "I just snapped," Smith told deputies, according to the report. He and Doreen Burki, had attended a Tampa Bay Rays game earlier in the day. She was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with critical injuries. Smith, identified as the manager of a Family Dollar store, was in the Land O'Lakes jail Monday in lieu of $200,000 bail.

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Gunfire results in drug arrests

Someone heard gunshots coming from 8907 Huntsman Drive around 2 a.m. Monday. A Pasco sheriff's deputy went to investigate and found Roberto Sala, 50, and Latanya Marie Stewart, 22, sitting at the kitchen table. A revolver sat on the table, the deputy said, and he ordered them to keep their hands in plain view. The deputy reported he then found crack cocaine and a glass pipe. Stewart said she had fired the revolver twice into the air, according to the deputy's report. Stewart and Sala were taken to the county jail on drug charges.

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Motorcyclist dies in I-75 accident

A 43-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday in a crash on Interstate 75. Marc Shawn Glasgow of Tampa was heading south on I-75 in the inside lane about 7:40 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He lost control of the 2004 Kawasaki and went into the grass median, striking a guardrail. Troopers said Glasgow was thrown from the bike and died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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Angela Gardner of the Wachovia Foundation presented a check to the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation. She was misidentified in information presented to the Times for a photo caption on Monday.