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Tampa Police Arrest Possible Murderer Who Went On Killing Spree In Seminole Heights

(SL) – Authorities in Tampa believe a former basketball player for St. John’s University in New York could be their suspect in a string of Seminole Heights murders that sparked serial killer fears and had the community on alert for months.

Howell Donaldson III was arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant in Ybor City, based on a tip given to Tampa police, FOX 13 Tampa reported. He will face murder charges in connection with all four killings, Stephen Hegarty, the Tampa Police Department’s public safety information coordinator, told Fox News.

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Law enforcement agents investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.  (Jones, Octavio/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

It all started on Oct. 9, when 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot to death. Two days later, 32-year-old Monica Hoffa was killed. Oct. 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was murdered after taking the wrong bus home from his new job. And the latest victim Ronald Felton, 60, was slain Nov. 14 as he was walking to volunteer at a food pantry in Seminole Heights.

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Police believe Donaldson acted alone, Hegarty said. The arrest comes after one of Donaldson’s coworkers at McDonald’s approached an officer about a gun in the workplace.

Reportedly, Donaldson handed a coworker a McDonald’s bag with a.40 caliber Glock in it that was loaded. He allegedly told the coworker that he wanted to leave the state.

Donaldson agreed to allow authorities search his car and they found what is believed to be a  blood stain on some clothing.ctm-1129-bojorquez-tampaserialkillercaught-1451727-640x360According to police records, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and ATF analyzed the fired cartridge casings in all four murder scenes, and identified the casings were fired from the same firearm: a Glock .40 caliber handgun.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says, “You know 51 days ago I said this was a struggle between good and evil, well know, goodness has won.”

 

Around Florida: Chief Reluctant To Use Phrase ‘Serial Killer’ In Tampa Killings, Tallahassee Mayor’s Idea For Fighting Violent Crime Rejected, Death Threats For UF Head Coach And More…

(SL) –As police look for suspects in three recent murders in a Tampa neighborhood, there’s one phrase the city’s police chief refuses to use. Interim Chief Brian Dugan said at a public meeting last night in Seminole Heights that he does not want to use the term “serial killer.”

He told hundreds at Edison Elementary School there’s a stereotype associated with that word, and he cited Ted Bundy as an example.

Bundy was a white male who acted alone, but Dugan says this killer could be black or a female or even more than one person.

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(Orlando, FL )– Get away from all the bad. At least one day a year, Central Florida’s biblical-based theme park welcomes all, free of charge. The Holy Land Experience is required to offer the free day in order to keep its property-tax exemption as a religious entity.

This year, that day is tomorrow. It will be first come, first served from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking is also free. You can find out more at HolyLandExperience.com.

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(Gainesville, FL) — It’s been a tough football season at the University of Florida so far, even including death threats from fans. That’s what Jim McElwain head coach of the three-and-three Gators, told the media yesterday.

McElwain did not go into specifics regarding the threats with the media and, apparently, not with the school.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve McClain issued a statement saying that the UF administration met with the coach yesterday afternoon and he offered no additional details.

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(Tallahassee, FL) — Another day, another shooting in Tallahassee. Early yesterday morning, police got a call from a McDonald’s on South Monroe Street where a man had walked in with a gunshot wound.

The call was from the victim himself, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to respond to the rash of recent violence in the state capital by activating the Leon County Emergency Operations Center. But at a meeting yesterday, County Commission Chairman John Dailey rejected the proposal, saying the center is not designed for a law enforcement operation.

Sheriff Walt McNeil doesn’t like the idea, either. But Gillum isn’t giving up and plans to present it to city commissioners tomorrow.