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Pasco 1-year-old nearly drowns in bathtub

PORT RICHEY

1-year-old boy nearly drowns in bathtub

Pasco deputies are investigating the near-drowning of a 1-year-old boy who was found in a bathtub on Monday and taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The boy, who turned a year old on Friday, was breathing when he was taken to the hospital, deputies said. Pasco County Fire Rescue received the call at 3:08 p.m. and responded to the home at 11141 Zimmerman Road in East Brown Acres, deputies said. The boy's father declined to comment. He squatted against a fence near the small beige house as investigators blocked off the front yard with police tape. The circumstances of the incident were not released.

HUDSON

Man accused of golf club attack

His mother's ex-boyfriend stopped by the house in the middle of the night, and Derick Schexnayder, 25, wanted him to leave. So Schexnayder told Curtis Osborne to hit the road about 1 a.m. Sunday — then whacked the ex-boyfriend in the face with a golf club, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. As the two men argued, the son pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed Osborne four times in the upper body, the report said. Osborne, 59, was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Schexnayder, of 8528 Bolton Ave., is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Pedestrian fatally struck on U.S. 301

A 54-year-old man was killed Saturday night after being struck by two cars as he walked along U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Eudell Allbritton was hit first by a southbound vehicle that immediately left the scene, then by a Dodge pickup truck driven by Alan Smith, 27, of Bushnell. No other injuries were reported. The accident happened about 8 p.m., just south of Jordan Road. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call (727) 841-4181. No charges have been filed.

LAND O'LAKES

Muck fire smoke closes two roads

A pall of thick smoke from a nearby muck fire prompted officials to close Ehren Cutoff for part of Monday morning. The 7-mile strip from State Road 52 to U.S. 41 was closed due to smoke from a still-burning fire that had scorched nearly 500 acres, said Division of Forestry spokesman Dave Fogler. The blaze was sparked intentionally about noon Saturday, he said, and continued to burn Monday in the swamp there. Parkway Boulevard from Ehren Cutoff to Pineview Elementary School was also shut down for several hours.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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