Authorities will not pursue criminal charges against the former leader of St. Petersburg College's Tarpon Springs campus, who was fired this month. Marvin Bright, 53, initially faced allegations that he had forced his way into the home of a woman he had dated and choked her. This week, the State Attorney's Office in Pasco County filed a "no information" brief, saying that "the facts and circumstances revealed do not warrant prosecution at this time." A domestic violence injunction against Bright was also voluntarily dismissed. Bright's attorney, Gerasimos "Jerry" Theophilopoulos, has blasted the allegations as "frivolous," saying St. Petersburg College officials "rushed to vilify" Bright. He was fired by President Tonjua Williams after an internal review process. College officials say that although Bright was arrested Sept. 1, he waited weeks to disclose his arrest, only telling them on Sept. 18. They also say that Bright delayed in returning his identification badge and withheld documentation about the arrest.
A 3-year-old boy suffered non-life threatening injuries after a dog bit him while trick or treating Tuesday night, deputies said. Michael Lanfranchi suffered puncture wounds to his face, neck and head after approaching a home on Shawnee Road where no one was home, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said. His parents managed to separate the mixed breed dog from their son and no one else was injured. Deputies believe the boy may have manipulated the door, allowing Lucy, a 40-pound mixed breed, to come out and bite him, Michael was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The homeowner, Damian Romero, 34, arrived soon after the incident and told deputies his door was closed, but unlocked. He also told deputies Lucy was properly licensed and up to date on her vaccinations.
Tampa Bay has 111 new furry residents who arrived this week from hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. Members of the Suncoast Animal League traveled to the U.S. territory on Tuesday in a chartered plane to bring back dozens of cats and dogs in desperate need of new homes. They will be housed in a warehouse on Race Track Road while they are readied for adoption. Anyone interested in donating supplies or helping with the new animals can email firstname.lastname@example.org.