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Christopher Defilippis

Seven-Time Convicted Felon Gets Life In Drug-Related Death

CHRISTOPHER DEFILIPPIS   A Brandon man was sentenced to life in prison in connection with drug charges related to a death. He was found guilty by a federal jury on June 7, 2021. S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew handed down the lengthy sentence to Christopher A. Defilippis, 43, for distributing fentanyl resulting in death…

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Rodney Sales

Man Wanted For Murder Arrested In Miami

RODNEY LEE SALES               A 33-year-old St. Petersburg man has been arrested and charged in connection with a murder. The suspect was located in Miami. According to the police, last Friday, officers received information of a deceased man at the Cortland Gateway Apartments, 9505 49th Street, North around 1 a.m. The Pinellas Park Police…

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Frankie Alvarado

Man Facing Murder Charge In Fatal Stabbing

FRANKIE ALVARADO   Last week, detectives arrested a Kissimmee man and charged him with second-degree murder.  The fatal stabbing took place in Poinciana on Wednesday evening. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Frankie Alvarado allegedly told detectives that he had been using a combination of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin late Wednesday afternoon and…

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Ciara Bryant

3 Women Charged With Grand Theft

CIARA BRYANT   CLEMETRA LAMAR KRASHANTA BARNES   Three Clearwater women were arrested last month and charged with grand theft. They are accused of helping to steal thousands of dollars in merchandise from local Bath & Body Works locations. According to police, St. Petersburg residents Ciara Bryant, 35; Clemetra Lamar, 25; and Krashanta Barnes, 32,…

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Bryan Riley

Gunman Kills 4; 11-Year-Old Survives

BRYAN RILEY   The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a deadly shooting that left four people dead and a child fighting for her life. The shooting took place in Lakeland Sunday. According to police, deputies responded to North Socrum Loop Road after a police officer hired shots fired. When the deputies…

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Gerald Lewis

Man Dies After Being Shot, Struck By Hit And Run Driver

GERALD LEWIS   The Haines City Police Department is searching for information about a fatal hit and run following a shooting. The shooting took place Sunday night. According to police, 34-year-old Gerald Lewis was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to the left side of the torso and a severely injured leg. The shooting took…

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Olivia Sweeney

Four Jailed After Child Shot In Hand

OLIVIA SWEENEY   DONALD WALKER INJURED HAND               Two adults and two juveniles were arrested last week after a child was shot in the hand. The incident took place in Haines City. Olivia Sweeney, 38, was charged with child neglect with great bodily harm, and nine counts of improper confinement of an animal. Donald…

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Robert Walker

Brothers Charged With Attempted Murder

ROBERT WALKER MONTARIOUS WALKER               Two brothers were taken into custody Tuesday after shots were fired. The incident took place in St. Petersburg. According to police, around 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, officers observed two men open fire on vehicles near the intersection of Fairfield Avenue S. and 44th Street S. The men then fled the…

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DAMIAN CAWVEY

Man Who Led Police On Chase Facing Several Charges

DAMIAN CAWVEY   A 44-year-old man is facing several charges after leading police on a chase. The incident began in the 900 block of Harbor Bay Dr. According to the Tampa Police Department, the victim was working near downtown Tampa at a construction site, when the suspect, jumped into the victim’s van and drove away….

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