Driver, 80, badly hurt in wreck with Mack truck
An 80-year-old man is in critical condition after his vehicle collided with a Mack truck Wednesday morning at the Pasco-Hernando County line. Abram Zane of Masaryktown was heading north on Monteverde Drive about 7 a.m. when his 1984 Datsun pickup crossed into the westbound lane of County Line Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Zane's truck collided with a truck heading west on County Line. Zane was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. The FHP report indicated he was not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the truck, Hernan Perez, 51, of Orlando was not injured.
Deputies: Marijuana found in man's trunk
Deputies who stopped a man suspected of speeding in a black 2007 Charger got a bonus when they found 2 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Richard Rodriguez, 32, was stopped at Deltona Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon after a deputy clocked him doing 10 miles above the speed limit, a report said. Rodriguez, the report adds, acted very nervous and told deputies that his driver's license had been suspended. He denied a deputy's request to search his vehicle, but a canine unit at the scene indicated that something suspicious was in the car's trunk. As deputies were opening the trunk, Rodriguez told them about the marijuana, the report said. He was arrested and faces a one charge of felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and on two misdemeanor charges. He was held at the Hernando County jail on $6,000 bail.
Concert will benefit family of boy who died
A benefit concert and fundraiser will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Tijuana Cowboys, 1365 Kass Circle. This is an outdoor event that will include live bands, food and drinks, live auctions and numerous giveaways. All proceeds will benefit the family of Eusebio Roberto Gomez, 9, a student at Explorer K-8 School, who died Dec. 18. Call Steve, Dale or Regina at (352) 610-4385.
New Year's Eve party at county fairgrounds
Tickets are still available for the Hernando County Fair Association and Brooksville Pulling Association's New Year's Eve party that will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. today at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The event will feature live music by Public X. Beer, wine and setups available. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $15 at the door. (352) 796-4552.
Gospel concert with YoungSong at New Year's Eve service: 7 p.m., Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 683-0587.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.