5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, July 8

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, July 8.

(1) Andrew Whitfield attempted rape trial

Andrew Whitfield is scheduled to go on trial in Tampa on Monday for the attempted rape of a 96-year-old woman.

Hillsborough County deputies report on August 28, 2012, the now 20-year-old rang the victim's doorbell. He said he had her newspaper.

When the victim opened the door, authorities say Whitfield rushed in and pushed her onto a couch and then undressed himself. It was at that point investigators say he ripped off a portion of the victim's clothing before proceeding to touch her in a sexual manner.

Detectives say Whitfield then changed his mind and fled out of the house. The victim called deputies to report the attack.

After Whitfield was arrested deputies say he admitted to the crime. He was charged Sexual Battery, Burglary of an Occupied Residence, Battery on the Elderly and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Court documents say the trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in downtown Tampa.

(2) Olin Mott memorial service

A memorial service for Olin Mott will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday.

Mott was the founder of Olin Mott Tire Stores. He partnered with a car dealer to opened his first store in 1955. Seven year later the partnership ended and he renamed the business Olin Mott Tire Company.

Mott became known for his philanthropic efforts including helping to establish the Joshua House for abuse, neglected and abandoned children; supporting a 4-H Club; co-founding the Florida State Fair's Horse Show Association; and supporting youth soccer.

Mott was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

He died on July 2 at the age of 92 while under hospice care. He is survived by his wife Doris; son Rick; daughter Linda Wren; sister and four grandchildren.

(3) Wilsky Boulevard ramp closure

Motorists who use the Veterans Expressway should be prepared for the temporary closure of the Wilsky Boulevard on- and off-ramp beginning on Monday.

The southbound off-ramp at Wilsky Boulevard will be closed continuously from 7:00 a.m. today through 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The northbound on-ramp Wilsky Boulevard will be closed continuously from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday through 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Both closures will allow construction crews to install foundations for the new toll gantry. The construction is part of a $386 million improvement project that widens 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County.

(4) Rays visit to Tampa General Hospital

A member of the Tampa Bay Rays will make a visit to Tampa General Hospital on Monday.

Matt Joyce and Raymond the Rays mascot will bring some cheer to pediatric patients in the Children's Medical Center at the hospital.

The visit will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until noon.

(5) Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to win their fifth game in a row when they host the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field on Monday evening.

Roberto Hernandez is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rays. Hernandez has a 5.06 ERA in his last four starts and has won just four times this season.

Behind David Price's strong pitching performance, the Rays beat the White Sox 3-1 on Sunday to sweep the three-game series against Chicago.

Samuel Deduno is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Twins. Minnesota has lost 10 of their last 13 road games.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information, visit raysbaseball.com .

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