NEW PORT RICHEY
Officials look into day care center injury
Authorities are still investigating how a 3-year-old girl was accidentally choked with a tetherball rope at a day care Thursday morning. A teacher at the Footprints Pre-School and Child Care Center, 3715 U.S. 19, found Cassandra S. Benevides unconscious and not breathing with the rope wrapped around her neck on the center's playground. Cassandra was flown to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg where, as of Thursday afternoon, she was listed in stable condition and breathing on her own. The family declined to release an updated medical condition Friday. The Florida Department of Children and Families — which said Footprints has been in good standing and in compliance — and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office are both investigating the incident. Terry Field, spokesman for DCF, said the school remains open while the investigation continues.
Motorcycle run aids military kids
ABATE of Florida Freedom Chapter and Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host the Scholarship Fundraiser Dice Run today. Signup is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the MCL detachment at 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The cost is $20 per card or $25 for two. Stops include VFW Post 9236 in Hernando Beach, MCL Detachment 567 in Holiday, VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill, VFW Post 8713 in Brooksville and then back to MCL Detachment 708. The last bike in will be at 4 p.m. Funds raised will go toward scholarships for military children. Call Herb Robinson at (352) 596-1922, or Dave Soles at (352) 232-3927.
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