Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Brooksville man dies after losing control of motorcycle

BROOKSVILLE

MAN DIES AFTER LOSING CONTROL OF MOTORCYCLE

A man died early Sunday after losing control of his motorcycle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash happened around 12:40 a.m. on Dempsey Road, west of the Croom Wildlife Management Area, troopers said. Richard Dale Outten, 50, of Brooksville, was driving north near the intersection of Malvern Street when his motorcycle overturned on its left side, according to the patrol. Thrown from the 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail, Outten slid into the grass shoulder and hit a road sign. His motorcycle struck a fence. Outten, who the patrol said was not wearing a helmet, died on the scene. The patrol is still investigating the crash.

BUSHNELL

I-75 open after multiple crashes

Heavy rains likely played a role in causing 11 crashes among 27 vehicles Sunday afternoon and temporarily closing a stretch of northbound Interstate 75. Seven people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crashes began around 2 p.m. Troopers soon closed the northbound lanes between the Bushnell and Lake Panasoffkee exits in Sumter County. The patrol reopened the highway around 4:30 p.m.

PLANT CITY

Police: Driver dies in second crash

After leaving the scene of another crash, a man lost control of his sport utility vehicle and died Saturday when it overturned, police said. Around 9:10 p.m., an SUV traveling north on the James L. Redman Parkway struck the rear right corner of another vehicle, according to Plant City police. But the SUV drove away from the crash scene, continuing on the parkway. The SUV, a Chevrolet Suburban, headed east on E Park Road, turning south on Walden Woods Drive. On that road, the vehicle hit a curb and the driver lost control, police said. The SUV struck a tree and overturned. The driver, 29-year-old Jorge Hernandez-Sargento of Plant City, was ejected and died at the scene, police said. A passenger, Elnar Osorio, 34, of Plant City, suffered minor injuries. The investigation continues.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Academia Hernando presents 'La Belle France: A Spotlight on French Civilization and Culture': 10 a.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $8. (352) 597-0158.

Singing for Peace: Featuring the Boston University School of Theology Seminary Singers. 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. An offering will be collected. (352) 683-2010.

PASCO COUNTY

'Age Wise' seminar: 1:30 p.m., St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 7922 SR 52, Hudson. Free. (727) 863-5646.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Brooksville Charter Review Committee, 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

Comments

FBI: Marine flares ignited at Florida mall not a terrorist act

LAKE WALES — Police say two devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.According to the FBI, bomb technicians examining the contents of a backpack found at Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales on Sund...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
St. Pete spilled up to 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water into Smacks Bayou

St. Pete spilled up to 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water into Smacks Bayou

ST. PETERSBURG — It may be a new year but the city finds itself still dealing with an old problem: spills at its sewage plants.The city announced Thursday that two spills at its Northeast sewage plant at 1160 62nd Ave. NE had been contained.But the r...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Jobsite’s ‘The Tempest’ balances reverence and irreverence in a busy Shakespeare tribute

Jobsite’s ‘The Tempest’ balances reverence and irreverence in a busy Shakespeare tribute

TAMPA — The Tempest begins with shadow play, a ship tossed on high seas. Projected onto a backdrop, the shadow of that ship looks proportionate to the waves that rock it. You see this, even as a daemonic holds a toy replica in her hand, the actual sh...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sirata Beach Resort is getting a $15-million facelift

Sirata Beach Resort is getting a $15-million facelift

ST. PETE BEACH — A year ago, the longtime owners of the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center acknowledged they couldn’t afford the improvements it needed. They sold the 382-room hotel to a Texas company.Now the new owner has launched a $15 million...
Updated: 1 hour ago
This is how MoviePass hopes to make money off your low-cost subscription

This is how MoviePass hopes to make money off your low-cost subscription

MoviePass is a film nerd’s dream. The subscription service allows users to see one movie a day at a theater for a single monthly cost. The service isn’t new, but it’s become popular among a lot more than movie buffs in the past few months.During its ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

From the food editor: Mastering the frittata, with help from a lot of mozzarella cheese

Let’s talk about frittatas. Specifically, how I can never seem to make one that actually tastes good. They are described in blogs and cookbooks as an easy, breezy dish suitable for using up leftovers lingering in your fridge. Like a quiche, but low-c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida pump prices jump 10 cents, highest in four years

Florida pump prices jump 10 cents, highest in four years

Gas is off to an expensive start this year — the most expensive start since 2014. Florida pump prices jumped 10 cents in the past week to hit $2.54 per gallon Monday, 18 cents more than last month, according to AAA The Auto Club Group. Tampa Bay gas ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Hillsborough County deputies are searching for the driver who seriously injured a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in Dover on Monday morning.Deputies say the suspect was driving a Toyota Camry that is now missing part of its right front air dam afte...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

CLEARWATER — Investigators are searching for a suspect in a taxi carjacking Monday morning near Crest Lake Park.Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said the taxi was taken about 7:40 a.m. and abandoned a few blocks away. No one was injured, Shaw sai...
Updated: 3 hours ago