Pasco briefs: Driver dies, another injured on U.S. 19

PORT RICHEY

Driver, 71, dies, another injured

in U.s. 19 crash

A 71-year-old woman died Thursday morning after turning into the path of an oncoming car on U.S. 19, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Joann M. McCarthy of Port Richey, driving a 2003 Buick, tried to make a left turn at the intersection with Jasmine Boulevard about 10:15 a.m. She collided with a 2004 Cadillac driven by Zora M. Trumbo of Hudson, who was northbound on U.S. 19.

McCarthy, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where she died, FHP said. Trumbo was taken to the same hospital with unspecified injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. Witnesses are asked to call Cpl. T.M. Shields toll-free at 1-800-235-6019.

HUDSON

Deputy injured

in confrontation

A man on a rampage through a mobile home park struck and injured a Pasco deputy who was pursuing him Wednesday evening, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

James Kenneth Jones, 36, of 10625 Houston Ave. in the Highlands, faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding.

According to an incident report, Jones first confronted a neighbor, 26-year-old Eddie Rutherford, who told investigators that Jones got out of his car and threatened him, then chased him when Rutherford tried to drive away.

Deputy Daniel McClure responded. As he ordered Jones to sit down, Jones jumped into his car again and fled, swiping McClure and knocking him to the ground, the report says.

McClure was treated for minor injuries to his arm. Jones remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $65,000 bail.

PORT RICHEY

Pizza deliverer robbed of pizza and change

Two men ordered a pizza late Wednesday night, then robbed the driver of some spare change and the hot pie as he tried to deliver it in Gulf Highlands. No arrests have been made.

Gary Olson, a 33-year-old driver for Pizza Hut, told Sheriff's Office investigators that he went to a house on Ilex Drive about 10:45 p.m., but the homeowner said he hadn't ordered a pizza. As Olson walked back to his car, two men in their 20s asked him for some change, according to a report. Olson obliged, but as he turned to get in his car, one of them punched him in the face. Olson swung back and dropped the pizza. The other robber picked up the pizza and backed away. Olson, who managed to get in his car and drive off, told investigators he searched the neighborhood for the robbers to no avail.

Pasco briefs: Driver dies, another injured on U.S. 19 04/10/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 13, 2008 9:39am]

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