Sheriff's deputies were still looking Thursday for Antonio E. Davis, the 45-year-old man suspected of trying to cash a fraudulent check and smashing his car into a unmarked cruiser at a grocery store a day earlier. Davis is wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault, leaving the scene of a crash and two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. While fleeing a Sweetbay parking lot Wednesday, deputies say, Davis injured a witness and narrowly missed another car driven by Detective John Graves. The detective swerved into a light post and suffered a concussion. Graves was released from Tampa General Hospital early Thursday.
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Two arrested at cock fight ring
A man and a juvenile were arrested Wednesday after Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said they discovered a small group huddled around a cockfight at a private residence. Deputies said they received a call about an animal fight at 5571 Highway 674 around 3:30 p.m. They found three people watching a fight to the death, said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. One man ran away. Ismael Villareal, 20, of Wimauma was charged with attending a animal fight. He was held at the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail. A 15-year-old boy faces the same charge. Deputies found one dead rooster lying on the ground and 13 more in cages or tied to trees, suggesting an ongoing operation, McKinnon said. The owner and renter at the residence were not charged.
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Deadline near if you want to vote
If you want to vote in next month's primary election, get going. The deadline to register to vote in the August primary is July 26, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard said. Those who sign up in time can vote in person on Aug. 24 or request a mail-in ballot. The last day to ask for a vote by mail ballot is Aug. 18. For details, visit votehillsborough.org or call (813) 612-4180.
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Club to raise funds for slain officers
A motorcycle club made up of law enforcement officers booked local country band Soul Circus Cowboys to play a Saturday afternoon fundraiser for the two slain Tampa police officers. The Tampa chapter of the International Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club announced the 1 p.m. event will be held at Big Belly Burgers of Brandon, 109 W Bloomingdale Ave. Attendees will also get a chance to sink Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies in a dunk tank. Proceed will go the families of Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, who were fatally shot during a traffic stop June 29.
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SunTrust Bank is held up
A man robbed a SunTrust Bank about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, escaping on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Surveillance cameras show that earlier that morning, the same man walked into a nearby Regions Bank but did not rob it, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. Deputies believe he may have been casing the bank before deciding to go to the SunTrust a few blocks away.