A Tarpon Springs man was arrested early Friday after he tried to swim away from deputies who found him naked on the beach.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputies found Brian L. Williams, 44, at 1:20 a.m Friday morning near the 12900 block of Madeira Beach.
When a deputy tried to approach him, a report states, Williams swam into the surf. When deputies ordered him to come out, he refused and began to paddle away. They summoned a helicopter to search for him.
At some point, they found Lindsey J. Davis, 31, of St. Petersburg. Davis was naked from the waist down, deputies said, and her breath smelled like alcohol.
When a deputy asked Davis about Williams, she started yelling and "became irate," according to an arrest report.
Davis was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor. Williams was found four blocks away, wearing a towel. He as arrested on a charge of resisting an officer, a misdemeanor.
Both were booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released Friday.
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Largo man faces drug, child neglect charges
A Largo man had a child in tow when he stole money from an undercover officer during a drug deal Friday night, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said.
Duane Neal Ruge, 33, of Largo was arrested on multiple drug charges along with two counts of child neglect.
Deputies said Ruge sold $125 worth of the painkiller oxycodone to an undercover deputy in Largo about 5 p.m. Friday.
At about 8:40 p.m., Ruge met an undercover deputy for another drug deal in Clearwater, this time with the child in tow. Ruge had arranged to sell the deputy Percocet tablets, but instead stole $80 in cash from the deputy. When she confronted him, deputies said, he gave back $20 and ran away, arrest reports state.
Ruge was arrested at 10:25 p.m. in Clearwater. He was carrying hydromorphone, another type of painkiller, at the time, police said.
He remained in the Pinellas County Jail Saturday in lieu of $34,050 bail.
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Neighborhood dispute leaves 2 dead, 1 hurt
Two people were shot to death and a third was seriously injured after a neighborhood dispute Saturday night.
Tampa police said a man and a woman were killed. The woman was found dead on East 110th Avenue, in the area of 23rd Street, and the man was found dead inside a nearby home. The man who was injured was taken to a local hospital.
Late Friday night, police were still sorting out what happened.
"Detectives have determined there is an ongoing dispute between two of the houses on the street and that led to the incident," said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.
She said multiple people fired shots and investigators were still determining whether any shooters were at large late Saturday.
The neighborhood is just east of Interstate 275 and south of E Fowler Ave.
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Citrus heirs giving up control of Alico Inc.
The heirs of a well-known figure in the Florida citrus industry are giving up control of a company that remains one of the state's largest private landowners.
Two New York-based agricultural companies are spending $137.8 million to purchase shares of Alico Inc. now held by the heirs of Ben Hill Griffin Jr.
Alico owns nearly 131,000 acres of land spread across five Florida counties - including Alachua, Collier, Lee and Polk - that are used for citrus groves, sugar cane and cattle ranching.
The University of Florida stadium is named after Griffin, who founded Alico and helped turn the company into one of the state's most prominent companies.
The deal announced Friday means that former state Sen. JD Alexander will be replaced as the company's chief executive. Alexander, who rose to the post of the Senate's budget committee chairman, was considered the driving force of the creation of the state's 12th university Florida Polytechnic in 2012.
Under the deal announced Friday, 734 Agriculture is partnering with Arlon Group to purchase nearly 51 percent of outstanding voting stock owned by Atlantic Blue Group at $37 a share. 734 Agriculture is a private investment company owned and controlled by Remy W. Trafelet and George R. Brokaw. Arlon Group is a global food and agriculture investment firm founded by Continental Grain Co.
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Student tweets photo of teacher in labor
A South Florida high school student's unusual selfie is lighting up the Twitter-verse.
Malik Whiter tweeted a pic of himself sporting black shades and grinning as he stands in front of his teacher while she was in labor on Tuesday.
"Selfie with my teacher while she's having contractions" he wrote, along with a smiley face.
WPLG in Miami reports Whiter said the unidentified woman is a great teacher and he wanted to capture the memorable moment for himself and her.
The teacher was apparently on the phone with her mom when the photo was taken. She went to the hospital, but didn't have the baby and returned to school two days later.
According to Gawker, the photo was retweeted 20,000 times.