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Man dies on SR 54 in head-on crash

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man dies on SR 54 in head-on crash

One man is dead and a woman critically injured after their pickups collided on State Road 54 at Foster Lane on Wednesday night. At almost 10:30 p.m., Anthony Glenn Smith, 46, of 7534 Bayleaf St., was driving west on SR 54 in a Ford truck, while Kelley M. Sypher, 34, of 3920 Cara Lane, was headed east in a Nissan pickup, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Smith veered to the left into the eastbound lane for an unknown reason, troopers said. Sypher swerved to the right but was unable to avoid the collision, the FHP said. Smith died at the scene. Sypher was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with critical injuries. Troopers said Sypher was wearing a seat belt and Smith was not. No charges have been filed.

DADE CITY

Church worker had her hand in till, police say

A 53-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on a charge of stealing thousands of dollars from the church where she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper. According to the Dade City Police Department, Linda Marie Still, 53, made unauthorized credit card purchases and gave herself petty cash while working at First Presbyterian Church, 37412 Church Ave. The transactions, totaling $5,851, happened from December 2006 to November 2008. Still, who lives at 5815 Apollo St. in Zephyrhills, was charged with grand theft and taken to Land O'Lakes jail. Authorities did not say how the money was spent, but said Still admitting taking it.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Nixle alerts you to police activity

Residents in Zephyrhills can get updates from the Zephyr­hills Police Department on the Nixle community messaging system. With Nixle, residents can opt to receive text or e-mail alerts about traffic incidents, missing persons and community events. To sign up, visit Nixle.com. The Dade City Police Department and Pasco County Sheriff's Office also use the free service.

PORT RICHEY

Needy can fill up on free pancakes

A free pancake breakfast for the needy will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5850 K of C Drive. Participants can meet former lady's professional wrestling champion Luna Vachon, who will be signing autographs. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will be at the event helping children obtain IDs. There will also be face painting and information on affordable health insurance for kids. The free pancake breakfasts — sponsored by The Volunteer Way food bank, IHOP and the Knights of Columbus — have been held during the first weekend of the month this summer. About 360 people attended July's breakfast. For information, call the food bank at (727) 815-0433.

Man dies on SR 54 in head-on crash 07/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 23, 2009 11:43pm]
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