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Bike rider hits mailbox, is critically hurt


Woman held in deadly Orlando Hit-and-Run

Authorities have arrested a Wimauma woman they say killed two children in a 2006 Orlando hit-and-run crash. Yessenia C. Villalobos, 27, was arrested Friday by the Florida Highway Patrol. Charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death and injury, Villalobos was held in lieu of $275,000 bail. In December 2006, authorities said, she fled an accident in south Orange County, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Driving a borrowed car, she ran a stoplight and hit a sport utility vehicle. Two children, ages 12 and 11, died in the crash. Villalobos left with another woman, who has also been arrested. Ana Diaz-Ferrer, 50, of Osceola County, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and of being an accessory after the fact, the Sentinel reported.

safety harbor

Bike rider hits mailbox, is hurt

A Safety Harbor woman suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday when her bicycle collided with a mailbox, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. A report says Cynthia Muniz, 43, was headed east on the north side of Seventh Street S in Safety Harbor about 1:45 p.m. when her left handlebar hit a home's mailbox. She lost control of the bike and fell into a driveway, suffering a head injury. She was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. She was not wearing a helmet, a report said.

key west

Storied former mayor dies at 92

Anthony "Tony" Tarracino, a former mayor of Key West and legendary owner of Captain Tony's Saloon, whose life was memorialized in a Jimmy Buffett song, died Saturday. He was 92 and suffered from a heart and lung condition, said his wife of 38 years, Marty. "He loved Key West and everyone here," she said. He came to Key West from New Jersey in 1948 with $18. Ten years later he purchased a bar on Greene Street and changed its name to Captain Tony's Saloon. Tarracino was a charter boat captain and raconteur fond of telling colorful stories about the era of the mercenaries of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. He served as Key West's mayor from 1989 to 1991. His colorful life included marrying four times and fathering 13 children. His story was recounted in a film titled The Cuba Crossing, starring Stewart Whitman as Tarracino and in a book called Life Lessons of a Legend that Tarracino did with Brad Manard. Buffett, a longtime friend, sang about Tarracino's exploits in the song Last Mango in Paris, from the 1985 album of the same name.


City goes a month without a murder

Midnight on Friday was a Miami milestone: October came and went and no one was murdered — for the first time since May 1966. "That's an amazing thing,'' said Miami Lt. John Buhrmaster, a longtime homicide investigator. "It's a great record when people are not killing each other.'' Miami has notched 55 homicides in 2008. Last year, the overall number was 87. As of late Friday, all Miami-Dade County police agencies had logged 217 homicides.

Times staff, wires

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