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RESCUERS SAY FIRE POSSIBLY A SUICIDE ATTEMPT

GULFPORT

Fire rescue crews say a woman was pulled from a house fire shortly after noon Thursday may have started the blaze in a suicide attempt. Her identity was not released and her condition was not immediately known. Fire Chief Jim Marenkovic said emergency crews were sent to 907 Hull St. S following a call from the woman's husband in Inverness. He said she told him it would be the last time he would talk to her. Emergency crews soon found her in a back bedroom, official said, and it appeared the fire started in the living room.

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PINELLAS PARK

Motorcyclist hits back of car, dies

A 28-year-old motorcyclist died Wednesday night when he crashed into the back of a car, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. John Owen Baker of St. Petersburg was headed east on Park Boulevard when he came up fast behind a 2000 Ford Contour, officials said. He braked, but lost control and hit the car, troopers said. Baker died at the scene. No one in the Ford was hurt.

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ST. PETERSBURG

Mother, teens arrested at school

The mother of a 12-year-old girl involved in some kind of Facebook feud with classmates, let her go to John Hopkins Middle School on Wednesday morning armed with a spray bottle containing bathroom cleaner and pepper flakes and told her to stab any attackers with a pencil, say St. Petersburg police. Later, she went to the school with a 16-year-old daughter and got into a fracas outside with two girls, 13 and 15, police say. Then, she told the older girl to run when officers tried to arrest her, police say. In all, five were arrested. The mother, Shaton Sampson, 35, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The older daughter was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and battery on a law enforcement officer - punching an officer in the chest. Her sister was charged with bringing a weapon onto school property. The other girls face disorderly conduct charges.

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ST. PETERSBURG

Driver hurt in fatal crash arrested

Frank William Roberto tried to flee officers on Jan. 10, authorities said, but caused a wreck that left him and five others hospitalized and killed Roberto's passenger, Kenneth Gordon Davis Jr., the man police actually wanted in connection with a purse-snatching. St. Petersburg police arrested Roberto, 40, after he was released from the hospital Wednesday. He's charged with DUI manslaughter in Davis' death and charges of fleeing and eluding with wanton disregard causing death, DUI involving serious bodily injury, driving with a suspended or revoked licence resulting in death, and two counts of DUI resulting in property damage.

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LARGO

Woman crossing U.S. 19 is killed

Tina Gallardo Robinson, 31, was hit and killed late Wednesday as she bounded across U.S. 19, near 150th Avenue just before 11 p.m., authorities said. Robinson was hit by a 2002 Cadillac driven by Keir Hopkins, 43, and died instantly. Largo police Sgt. Ryan J. Dulski, said no charges would be filed.

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