Teen killed in motorcycle accident
A 19-year-old Zephyrhills man died Thursday night after being thrown from his motorcycle in a traffic accident on State Road 54. Benjamin Mower, 19, was riding west on his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle at 6:30 p.m. on the highway near Loury Drive when traffic began to slow in front of him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. When Mower began to pass in the eastbound lane, the driver of a 2007 Isuzu truck, Gary Frye Jr., 28, failed to see him and turned into his path, according to the accident report. Mower was unable to stop and slammed into the back of the truck, troopers said. The crash tossed Mower from his motorcycle, killing him. Frye, of Lakeland, received no injuries, an accident report stated. Mower was wearing a helmet.
Florida Traditions looks to expand
Florida Traditions Bank has entered into an agreement to acquire Providence Bank of Winter Haven. If approved by shareholders and the regulatory agencies, the merger would expand the reach of Florida Traditions Bank — which currently has branches in Dade City, Zephyrhills and Spring Hill — into Polk County. "We are very excited about the merger," said Bud Stalnaker, the chairman, CEO and president of Florida Traditions Bank. "Polk County is a key market for any Central Florida bank, and opening a branch in Polk County has always been part of our strategic plan." Florida Traditions Bank opened in December 2007 and has total assets of $74-million as of Sept. 30. Providence Bank, which opened in September 2005 and has total assets of $41.8-million, would become Florida Tradition's second largest branch.
New Port Richey
Resource officer won't appeal firing
Christopher Magavero, the former school resource officer who told an eighth-grader in October that he was falling in love with her, has decided not to appeal his firing. Magavero, 42, worked at River Ridge Middle School until Sheriff Bob White fired him for the comment to a 13-year-old student. He initially said he would appeal the firing. But his attorney sent a letter to White this week saying Magavero had considered the possible detrimental effect that a public hearing would have on his family and the student, and had changed his mind. The Sheriff's Office investigated to see if anything criminal had occurred or if Magavero had made such comments to any other students. Spokesman Kevin Doll said nothing else turned up.
Carey, Leroy H.
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