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Police identify Wesley Chapel shooter

Police identify Wesley Chapel shooter

Wesley Chapel, FL -- Pasco County Sheriff's detectives have released the identification of a suspect in a June 21 murder attempt in Wesley Chapel.

29-year-old Simon Rafeal Iglesia, who last known address is 27140 Big Sur Drive in Wesley Chapel, is suspected by police of shooting three rounds at a moving vehicle in the Northwood Palms subdivision in Wesley Chapel.

According to police, Iglesia was driving a black 2004 Volkswagon Jetta at the time of the shooting.

One round hit the bumper of the victim's car, one round hit the garage door of a nearby home, and one round hit the side door of the victim's car, and then entered the side of the 20-year-old victim. He has since been released from the hospital. The shooting occurred after an argument at the Northwood Palms basketball court.

Body found in Riverview business park identified

Body found in Riverview business park identified

Riverview, Florida- Sheriff's investigators have identified the body of a woman found early Monday morning along a dirt road in Riverview as 32-year-old Melissa Easterling.

The Gibsonton woman lived just six miles from where she was found dead. Neighbors in her mobile home park just off US-41 say last week they saw her take off on her bicycle, but she never returned.

"We knew something was wrong," said longtime neighbor Harry White, who notified Easterling's mother of her disappearance. White says it was very unusual for her to leave home for multiple days at a time because she had pets at home and would feed them daily.

Plant City men sentenced to more than 19 years for Robbery

Plant City men sentenced to more than 19 years for Robbery

Plant City, FL -- U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced today, June 27, that 20-year-old Kenneth Marquise Lee and 19-year-old Kimani Richye James, both of Plant City, were each sentenced today by United States District Judge James D. Whittemore to federal prison for robbery and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

Lee was sentenced to 295 months (24 years, 7 months) in federal prison while James was sentenced to 237 months (19 years, 9 months).

Both men pled guilty on November 18, 2010.

According to court documents, on the morning of May 7, 2010, Lee and James drove a stolen Dodge Ram through the security door of an ACE Hardware store in Plant City and stole 33 guns from the store.  ACE Hardware is a federal firearms licensee.

Three arrested in Tampa insurance scam

Three arrested in Tampa insurance scam

Tampa, FL -- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced today, June 27 three arrests in a Tampa insurance fraud case involving the theft of thousands of dollars in auto insurance premiums.  

Bella Jenkins, Torrance Blake and David Ball, employees of Insurance Plus located in Temple Terrace, surrendered to authorities and were charged with insurance fraud and selling insurance without a license. 

In August 2010, the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, began an investigation into Tampa insurance agency Insurance Plus.  The division received complaints that customers were given automobile insurance coverage quotes by phone only to have the price for the coverage increase greatly at the time of purchase.

Student wins new car for perfect attendance

Student wins new car for perfect attendance

Hillsborough County, FL -- Senior Katherine "Katie" Janiga won a brand new 2011 Scion XD car on Saturday when she drew the winning car key during the Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance event held at Toyota of Tampa Bay.

More than 150 recently graduated Hillsborough County students who had perfect attendance during their just-completed senior year attended the event.

To read more about Katherine's win click here.

Freedom High student wins new car

Freedom High student wins new car

Tampa, FL -- Freedom High senior Katherine "Katie" Janiga won a brand new 2011 Scion XD car on Saturday when she drew the winning car key during the Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance event held at Toyota of Tampa Bay.
                
Katie, who is headed to the University of Tennessee in the fall, was the 10th name drawn by Hillsborough School Board chair Doretha Edgecomb.

More than 150 recently graduated students who had perfect attendance during their just-completed senior year attended the event for a chance to select one of 20 keys from a fishbowl and see if that key opened the door and fit the ignition of the 2011 Scion XD.

Governor Scott appoints three Tampa residents to Judicial Nominating Commission

Governor Scott appoints three Tampa residents to Judicial Nominating Commission

Tampa, FL -- Governor Rick Scott today, June 24 announced the appointments of Jeanne T. Tate to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and Edward J. Page and Lara J. Tibbals to the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

“It is my hope that all of the Judicial Nominating Commissions will send me as many applicants as possible who share my judicial philosophies. As Governor, I understand that the judges I appoint will prove to be my longest lasting legacy. For that reason, I want to appoint judges with the intelligence and demeanor to administer justice in an even-handed and humble manner,” Governor Scott said in a release.  “Judges should adhere to the written law, changeable only by the Legislature or constitutional amendment, not by the bench according to personal preferences or perceptions of popular preference.”

Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission