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TAMPA BAY-AREA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR LEAVING TODDLER IN CAR WHILE SHE SHOPPED
Sgt. Adam Geissenberger says witnesses alerted Pinellas Park Police that Vita Abramenkova of Clearwater had left her child in a locked, running vehicle for 40 minutes Monday. The car’s air conditioning was circulating on low while the temperature in the parking lot was 92 degrees. Abramenkova was charged with child neglect. She was released on $2,000 bond. Geissenberger says Abramenkova told police that her daughter was asleep when they arrived at the store and she didn’t want to rouse the child.
COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR MAN WHO WENT MISSING DURING COMMERCIAL SHARK DIVING VENTURE IN THE BAHAMAS
Coast Guard officials in Miami say 63-year-old John E. Petty went missing Sunday night about 20 nautical miles northwest of West End on Grand Bahama island. According to the Coast Guard, the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel Shear Water reported to authorities that Petty never resurfaced after shark diving with eight other people. Bahamian authorities have been joined in the search by Coast Guard air and sea crews.
GIRL DROWNS IN POOL DURING FAMILY GATHERING
A preliminary autopsy has determined that the death of a 4-year-old girl in Florida’s Panhandle is consistent with an accidental drowning. Police say the girl drowned in a pool after wandering away from a family gathering. The Wakulla County Sherriff’s Department reports that family members at a gathering in Crawfordville on Friday discovered the child motionless in the deep end of the pool..
GROUPS ASK JUDGE TO ACT QUICKLY ON NEW MAP
A coalition of groups challenging Florida’s map for Congress wants a judge to act quickly now that the map has been declared unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled last week that the state Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party. But Lewis did not specify who should redraw the map or when it should be redrawn.
CONTRACTOR FALLS TO DEATH AT TECO POWER PLANT
Officials say a contractor fell to his death from a catwalk at an old Tampa Bay area power plant. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that 31-year-old Bryan Hagan was working at the Tampa Electric Co. power plant Monday afternoon when he fell through a metal grate and dropped more than 40 feet. Officials say he died at the scene.
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