Around the region for Oct. 2, 2012

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.


Man dies in explosion at Lake City plant

A worker was killed Monday morning during an explosion that took place while he was checking a diesel fuel tank at a Lake City plant, according to a report.

Perry Pollard, 30, of Lake City was checking a tank at Anderson Columbia plant at 871 NW Guerdon St. at 5:15 a.m. when the accident occurred, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Fire officials said the tank contained No. 5 diesel, and there was no contaminant threat to the surrounding neighborhood.

Officials from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and other agencies were on hand to determine the cause of the explosion, the report noted.

— Staff report


Election supervisor won’t reinstate voters

TALLAHASSEE — A Southwest Florida election official is sticking with a decision to remove nearly a dozen voters from the voting rolls, even though the state no longer suspects them of being ineligible.

Lee County removed 11 voters after the state named them in April as part of 2,600 voters listed as being non-U.S. citizens.

But only one of those voters was included on a revised list released last week after the state double-checked names with a federal immigration database.

Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington said the voters were given due process. Two voters did not respond to certified letters, while the other letters were undelivered. Harrington said the voters can use a provisional ballot, which will be counted if they give proof of citizenship.

— The Associated Press

Pit bull attacks deputy trying to serve warrant

ZEPHYRHILLS — A deputy is recovering from injuries after being attacked by a pit bull while trying to serve a warrant at a Southwest Florida home.

Pasco Sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether the dog was let out of the home intentionally after the deputy tried to serve a warrant on Sunday.

Authorities said the unnamed deputy was walking back to his car when the dog attacked. The deputy shot and killed the dog.

The deputy was transported to a Tampa hospital and treated for serious injuries to his arm.

— The Associated Press

Two men found dead in burning home

ST. PETERSBURG — Detectives in St. Petersburg are investigating after two men were found dead in a burning home in the city’s Historic Kenwood district.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon and police say a black Ford pickup truck belonging to one of the men was missing.

Arson investigators and detectives spent hours combing through the debris Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters found one man dead when they arrived. The second was found hours later buried under rubble in the laundry room.

— The Associated Press

Tampa police shoot man following traffic stop

TAMPA — A man who fled a traffic stop was eventually shot by Tampa police after he bailed from his car and refused to show his hands.

Police said an officer attempted to stop a vehicle Sunday night for an expired tag and a seat belt violation. The vehicle driven by 25-year-old Edward Thomas was followed by a police helicopter and another cruiser. Police say Thomas crashed into a traffic sign, jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. Officers sent a K-9 after him and the suspect came out of the woods. He refused orders to show his hands and an officer fired when he saw what he thought was a weapon.

Thomas was taken to the hospital with what officials described as injuries that aren’t life threatening.

— The Associated Press

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