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Published Jul. 12, 2010


The estranged husband of a murdered Georgia woman was arrested by St. Petersburg police on Friday on an out-of-state warrant for conspiracy to commit murder. Theo W. Conoly, 30, had just moved to the city from Tallahassee, where he racked up an extensive arrest record. Conoly is the fourth person arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, Sunday Blombergh, according to Georgia authorities. She disappeared April 22 from Tift County, Ga. The woman's decomposing body was found in a Georgia field on May 27. Conoly, who listed 5402 Ninth Ave. S as his address, is being held without bond while awaiting extradition to Georgia.

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Scott, McCollum to debate in Tampa

The Republican gubernatorial campaigns of Rick Scott and Bill McCollum have agreed to two debates - Aug. 2 in Miami and Aug. 5 in Tampa, according to a letter from McCollum campaign adviser Doyle Bartlett. A third debate in Orlando by Leadership Florida is scheduled for Aug. 11. McCollum has said he will attend.

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Pair of fundraisers to aid slain Tampa officers' families

Two fundraisers to aid the families of slain Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab are scheduled for this weekend.Today, a fundraiser in Brandon will feature deputies in dunk tanks, raffles and a performance by Southern rock-country duo Soul Circus Cowboys. Volunteers from the Tampa chapter of the International Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club, which raises money to benefit police officers, firefighters and their children, will assist with the effort. It starts at 1 p.m. at Big Belly Burgers, 109 W Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon. Free admission; call (813) 685-1911.

On Sunday, Niko's Pizza & Seafood in Oldsmar will host "Wind Beneath Their Wings" at 5 p.m. for the officers who were shot and killed during a June 29 traffic stop. About 600 people, including the families of Officers Curtis and Kocab, are expected to attend, said Andonia Tirikos, the owner of Niko's. "I'm asking for $5 donations," she said. "It's not mandatory. I'm making black and blue ribbons for everyone who donates to the event." Proceeds will go to the Curtis and Kocab families. Niko's is located at 3705 Tampa Road. For more information, call (813) 818-0284.