Man in crash dies; health issues are cited
A Palm Harbor man died Monday shortly after he crashed his car. Officials said he suffered an undisclosed medical ailment while driving. Joseph L. DePodesta, 68, was driving through a parking lot at 2375 Curlew Road at 9:45 a.m. when he lost control of his 2007 Hyundai Azera, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Azera hit a curb and a small tree before running into a concrete wall surrounding a trash bin at Perkins Restaurant. DePodesta was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at Mease Countryside Hospital. A cause of death is pending, but the man died from the medical condition and not because of the car crash, said FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
Woman in critical condition after fire
A Largo woman who was pulled from her burning mobile home Wednesday by a Pinellas ambulance crew was in critical condition Monday afternoon. Burned on about 15 percent of her body, Doris Williams, 55, was flown to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Pinellas sheriff's detectives said the fire in her home did not appear suspicious.
Wing healed, bald eagle takes flight
Two months ago, the year-old bald eagle couldn't lift a wing. Brooker Creek Preserve staff members rescued the immature female bird and sent it to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, which later transferred it to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. Staff there thought scar tissue in its wing might mean a life in captivity. But after weeks of intensive treatment for a fungal infection, the eagle flew in the center's flight enclosure. So Friday, Audubon EagleWatch volunteer Barb Walker went to the home of Sandy and Christine Hoffman and released the eagle near the preserve. Walker said it aimed for a pine tree, flew through the branches of an oak and ended up on the ground at Landmark Nursery. Then it flew up, Walker said, circled once and headed into the preserve.
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Deckert, Jeff E.
French, Sandra Lee
Hajvert, Mary Jane
Harten, Josephine O'Connell
Mills, George D.
Nagy, Mary Ellen
Shea, Robert E. Sr.
Skaggs, William "Bill"
Strom, Gale F. Sr.
Tighe, John Joseph
Varecka, William C.
Walters, R. Keith
This list is from detailed obituaries in published in Section B.