Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Johns Slaying May Be Linked to Crime Spree

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Johns Slaying May Be Linked to Crime Spree

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********** CORRECTION December 1, 2000

Delmar Hughes, a 47-year-old Jacksonville male, died Monday from injuries he received in a car accident Sunday. Because of a reporter's error, his gender was misstated in a story on page B-3 of yesterday's Times-Union.

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St. Johns County Sheriff's Office detectives were sent to Williamsburg, Ky., this week to investigate whether two men who were recently arrested there are connected to an August shooting death at a Subway sandwich shop on Florida 16.

Williamsburg police notified St. Johns authorities of the arrests and evidence that the two men may have been involved in a crime spree over the past four months.

David Scott Baumann, 19, of New Baltimore, Mich., and Dennis Markly Bryan, 20, of Fair Haven, Mich., were arrested Nov. 22 in Whitley County, Ky., after an armed robbery at a motel.

Baumann and Bryan also are charged in an armed robbery at a Bristol, Va., gun shop in August and the slaying of an employee there. A Bristol County grand jury indicted Baumann and Bryan on Tuesday on capital murder charges.

Sheriff's Office investigators are looking into whether the two men are suspects in the Aug. 14 robbery at a St. Augustine Subway that left clerk Lee Pennington, 22, dead in the restaurant.

ANIMAL SEARCH: After taking away about 50 animals Monday at a woman's Jacksonville residence, city officials searched her second home yesterday in Arlington.

There were signs that cats were inside, but debris piled from the floor to the ceiling kept officials from completing the search of Arlene Gager's home at 10137 W. Lakeview Drive

"It is completely packed solid," said John Merritt, manager of the city's Animal Care and Control Center. "We can't even see if it's a hallway."

Code enforcement agents condemned the structure Tuesday and returned yesterday with police and a search warrant. Merritt said the woman has three other properties they are investigating.

Neighbors said a woman would show up at the home late at night and sleep in a vehicle in the driveway.

IN THE COURTS

ROBBER CONVICTED: A Jacksonville jury yesterday convicted a man of shooting a cab driver four times before fleeing with the driver's money. …

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