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SHERIFF'S WORKER FACES CHILD ABUSE CHARGE

PINELLAS COUNTY

Pinellas County deputies have arrested a sheriff's employee and accused him of beating a teen so badly the boy was scarred.

Willye Shaw, 41, was charged Monday with one count of child abuse on a 16-year-old boy, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Shaw, a technical support specialist for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, is on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

Detectives said that, on multiple times between 2012 and 2014, Shaw made the child strip down to his boxer shorts and struck him repeatedly with a belt.

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ST. PETERSBURG

Fugitive in fatal crash arrested after tip

Police arrested a St. Petersburg man on charges of leaving the scene of a June auto accident in which an 81-year-old man was killed.

Arrested was Keith Jamal Hamm, 22, of 5400 First Ave. S, Apt. 8, according to the St. Petersburg police. He is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash with death.

Hamm had been on the run since the June 4 accident. Police said they received a tip Monday that he was in southern St. Petersburg.

The accident happened at the intersection of 15th Avenue and 25th Street S when, police say, a 2014 silver Nissan Altima driven northbound on 25th by Hamm ran a stop sign. The Nissan crashed into the right side of a 1997 white Toyota Camry driven by Anna Melendez, 62, of St. Petersburg. The Toyota flipped onto the driver's side and crashed into a chain link fence on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Tomas Melendez, 81, was in the passenger seat and was pronounced dead on arrival at Bayfront Hospital.

Hamm was in the Pinellas County Jail late Monday on $300,000 bond, records show.

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