Slain homeless man identified
Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives identified the homeless man reportedly stabbed to death Wednesday night as Richard Bruno Maslar.
Detectives allege Maslar, 53, was stabbed by Timothy Howard, 59, after an argument between the two over a missing bag about 8:45 p.m. at a homeless camp near Mile Marker 47, according to an arrest report. Maslar's name was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.
He reportedly was overheard saying, "You didn't have to stab me five times." Howard was charged with first-degree murder.
Gym repairs to cost at least $1.2M
Restoring the Frederick Douglass Gym in Bahama Village will cost between $1.2 million and $1.4 million, an architect told city commissioners Tuesday.
Since the building is in a historic district, it doesn't have to be brought up to the current building code, said Andy Hayes of St. Petersburg-based Hayes and Cumming Architects.
Instead, Hayes recommended the city replace the roof with one that should last for 30 years or more and demolish and replace the one-story building that holds the restrooms and office.
To bring the gym complex up to present code would cost at least $2.3 million, he said.
Taxi cleanup law on way
City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously supported creating a law that orders anyone who vomits inside a taxicab to pay a $50 cleanup fee in addition to the fare.
Sponsored by Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, the proposal requires a second review in order to become law.
The law covers "bodily fluids or solids." Local cab drivers say they lose wages while waiting for their cars to be cleaned or when having to change cars after a mess.
City Attorney Shawn Smith said $50 is far lower than the same fee in other cities.