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Off-duty Pasco deputy in personal car hits girl, mother

ZEPHYRHILLS

Off-duty deputy in personal car hits girl, mom

A 3-year-old girl chasing a cat into the street was hit and injured by an off-duty Pasco deputy driving his personal car, Zephyrhills police said. The girl's mother, who ran after her, was also struck and hurt. The accident happened at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on Dairy Road in front of Westbrook Manor, just north of County Road 54. According to police Capt. Robert McKinney, Annabelle Smalley, 3, was chasing after the cat, with her mother Odree Braxton, 37, close behind, trying to keep her out of the road. She couldn't. Pasco Deputy Ted Johnson, in his private vehicle, hit them both. The girl and her mother were airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. Johnson was not charged.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Two men charged in copper theft

Pasco deputies arrested two men and charged them in the theft of nearly $12,000 in copper wire from the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative New River Substation. Timothy Davis, 25, and Jason Lanier, 28, both of Wesley Chapel, were charged with grand theft. According to the report, the crime happened between Aug. 14 and Aug. 18, and more than 1,000 feet of wire was taken. On either Aug. 18 or 19, Davis, Lanier and another unidentified suspect sold 1,761 pounds of wire to a recycler for $4,580. Acting on a tip, investigators tracked down and arrested Davis and Lanier Tuesday. The third suspect is still at large.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Multiplex bistro opens on Sept. 26

Film buffs can see a movie on the big screen in Wesley Chapel for the first time Sept. 26 when Cobb Theatres opens its 16-screen multiplex and Cinebistro. The theater features stadium seating and a full service restaurant. Those ages 21 and older who make reservations can watch a film in the balcony with plush leather seats and get food and alcoholic beverages served right to their chairs. The opening follows an invitation-only program today that includes a ribbon cutting, tours and lunch at the Cinebistro. For information, visit www.cobbtheatres.com.

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A nephew is accused of using his sick uncle's personal identification to rack up more than $12,000 in charges. Page 5

Pasco deaths

Courtney, Clemon D.

Dascoli, Frank

Hanner, Joel Jr.

Koehn, Charles Campbell

Spissak, Burton G.

Sullivan, Emilda I.

Sullivan, Loretta R.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Off-duty Pasco deputy in personal car hits girl, mother 09/17/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:19pm]
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