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Leap onto Suncoast Parkway seen as a suicide


Fatal leap into Parkway seen as a suicide

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suicide on the Suncoast Parkway on Friday. The person died after leaping from the Powell Road overpass and being struck by a vehicle on the southbound side, authorities say. The parkway's southbound lanes were shut down for two hours after the incident. Authorities have not yet released the victim's name.

Musician's concert for charity today

A Musician's Showcase for Charity will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. today on an outdoor stage at Hooters, 3437 Commercial Way. The headline act is Clenchfist. Numerous other bands and musicians will perform at the event, including the Bob Hope Band, Brian Letendre, Jerry Galanti, Maria Burns and Friends, Michael O'Hara, Big Jim Allen and the Danny & Josh Band. Special guests include Writcherd Gomesz, Joe Wilkerson and Sara Rosado. The event, sponsored by United Parcel Service and Hooters, is a benefit for the United Way of Hernando County. For information, contact Brian Letendre at or Maria Burns at or by calling (352) 346-7723.

Run to Remember victims of Sept. 11

The annual Run to Remember in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be at 7 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd. This is a 5K run or 1-mile walk. There is no cost to participate. A continental breakfast will follow. A YMCA Run to Remember commemorative T-shirt is available for $5, which can be purchased at the Y's member service desk starting Thursday, and will be available through Sept. 11. To register for the run or the walk, stop by the Y or visit For more information, call (352) 688-9622.


Gift Room helps cancer patients

The Hernando Gift Room, a free service provided by the American Cancer Society, is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 203, in the Pinebrook Regional Medical Center, west of Brooksville. The Gift Room provides uninsured and underinsured patients with free wigs, hats and head coverings (scarves, kerchiefs, beanies and knitted caps), prosthesis and mastectomy bras, as well as emotional support for people going through chemotherapy. Call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Today's picks

Marine Corps League Detachment 708 Scholarship Dice Run: Sign-ups 9:30-11 a.m.; kickstands up at 11 a.m., starting and ending at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. $10 per card or $20 per couple. (352) 596-1922, 597-7979.

Ethnic Festival Kickoff Hoedown Dinner at St. Joan of Arc: 6 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. $15. (352) 688-0663.

Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. $5. (352) 397-6088.

Hernando deaths

Local bituaries are in the Tampa Bay section.

Leap onto Suncoast Parkway seen as a suicide 08/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 8:32pm]
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