Body found, Sheriff's Office investigating
Pasco County sheriff's deputies on Friday investigated a decomposed body that was found near the USA Fleamarket on U.S. 19, just south of State Road 52. The Sheriff's Office received the call at 2:51 p.m. that patrons of the flea market noticed a strong smell of decomposition. They found the body in a wooded area near the flea market. It is unknown if the deceased is male or female. The Sheriff's Office said cause of death will have to be determined by the medical examiner. A homeless camp is located in the woods next to the flea market. The body of another homeless person, Kimberly Sue Goode, 46, was found in the area in July. Authorities charged a fellow transient, William Charles Johnroe, with Goode's death.
1 killed, 2 hurt in SUV-truck crash
A 23-year-old Brooksville man died in a car accident Friday morning on State Road 52 west of the Interstate 75 exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Richard A. Rosado was westbound in his 1997 Ford SUV on SR 52 about 9:30 a.m. and tried to pass another vehicle – a 1997 Ford pickup – on the right, the FHP report said. Rosado's car went off the road onto the shoulder near Levi Loop, lost control and swerved left into the path of the pickup, the report said. The vehicles collided and the SUV kept going, across the eastbound lanes of SR 52 and into the woods, hitting a ditch and flipping several times. Rosado died. His passenger, 24-year-old Jose M. Mendoza of Dade City, was ejected. Mendoza was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup, James D. Glisson, 51, of Tampa suffered minor injuries, according to the report.
'Lunchtime bandit' gets 15 year term
Lisa Anne Williams, the so-called lunchtime bandit, pleaded no contest this week to numerous burglary and grand theft charges and was sent to prison. Williams, 40, earned her nickname because authorities said she committed some of her crimes on her lunch hour while working at a telephone sales job. Items stolen include prescription drugs, jewelry, laptop computers and cameras from homes in Pinellas and Pasco counties. She pleaded to charges in Pinellas in July and was sentenced to 91/2 years in prison. On Thursday, Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa sentenced her 15 years in prison on the Pasco cases, which will run concurrently with the Pinellas sentence.