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Largo police seek help finding hit-and-run driver

LARGO

Police seek help finding driver in hit-and-run

Police are trying to find a driver who hit a pedestrian and drove away on Saturday night. The accident happened before 10 p.m. at East Bay Drive and Seacrest Drive. Witnesses described the vehicle as a newer-model silver or light-colored Ford or Cadillac. They told police the driver stopped after hitting the pedestrian and then raced off, running a red light. The pedestrian, whose identity has not been released, was in critical condition, according to police. The car likely has front-end damage, including broken headlights and a broken windshield, police said. Largo police are asking anyone with information to call (727) 587-6730.

TARPON SPRINGS

Baby girl nearly drowns in pool

A 9-month-old baby was flown to the hospital on Sunday after nearly drowning in a family pool. Zoey Pothast's grandparents were taking care of her when Zoey's grandfather discovered her in the pool of their Tarpon Springs home, police said. "They were both cooking and going in and out of the house," said Lt. Barb Templeton, spokeswoman for the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Each thought the other had an eye on the baby, who "crawls very quickly," Templeton said. Emergency crews were called to the house at 1292 Blackrush Drive shortly after 2 p.m. Zoey was taken by Bayflite helicopter to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. She was conscious Sunday afternoon, but Templeton said medical personnel will monitor her closely over the next few days. Templeton said Zoey's parents, who also live in the home, had left their daughter in the care of her grandparents. The incident appears to have been an accident, Templeton said.

MIAMI

Everglades wildlife killed by cold

South Florida's recent cold snap made the Everglades into a burial ground for scores of wildlife. A University of Florida professor said it's an ecological disturbance equal to a fire or hurricane. Experts say they're seeing unprecedented levels of death in some species. One wildlife ecologist has seen at least 60 manatee carcasses and several frozen stiff Burmese pythons. The latter is actually a bright side for the ecosystem, helping state officials in a recent push to trim the invasive species.

Today's picks

HERNANDO County

Academia Hernando presents "Great American Trials": 10 a.m. to noon, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. $7. (352) 597-0158.

"New Laws That Affect Your Landscape in Deed Restricted Communities" class: 5:30 p.m., Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1653 Blaise Drive, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4433.

Pasco County

Singing with Sandy: 11 a.m., New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Singing, dancing and stories for toddlers and preschoolers. $6 per family. (727) 494-7190.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO County

Brooksville City Council, 5:05 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Pasco County

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

Largo police seek help finding hit-and-run driver 02/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, February 7, 2010 10:31pm]
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