Jail nurse accused of DUI, striking officer
A nurse at the Pinellas County Jail was arrested Saturday after a crash and charged with driving under the influence, authorities said. Susan G. Doherty, a licensed practical nurse, was also charged with resisting arrest after, police say, she punched an officer and refused to get out of her vehicle. According to arrest reports, Doherty was driving a 2007 Chrysler when she got into a minor wreck with another vehicle about 10:30 p.m. at Countryside Boulevard and Enterprise Road. The driver of the other vehicle, who was not identified, suffered "possible minor injuries," reports show. Doherty, 48, of Clearwater refused to take a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer test, police said. She has worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office since June 2001. Doherty was released from jail after posting bail Sunday.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Deputy badly hurt by red-light runner
A Pasco County sheriff's deputy suffered serious injuries after a pickup truck ran a red light and struck the deputy's cruiser Sunday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Kurt A. Gell failed to stop at the intersection of Little Road and Denton Avenue in New Port Richey, the FHP said. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with minor injuries. Deputy Ryan Lennox, 24, was listed in critical condition, though his injuries were described as non-life threatening. He was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center. Gell was cited for running a traffic signal, the FHP said.
Motorcyclist killed in Town 'N Country
A motorcyclist died after he collided with a car about 1 a.m. Sunday at a Town 'N Country intersection. Keith Ruiz, 25, of Tampa was pronounced dead at the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. This is what the patrol says happened: At 1:10 a.m., a Pontiac driven by Linsey M. Gamso, 23, of Tampa was stopped on Tampa Shores Boulevard at Hillsborough Avenue. Meanwhile, two motorcycles — one driven by Ruiz and another by Tampa resident Russell Turner, 27 — were going east on Hillsborough Avenue, approaching the intersection. The Pontiac pulled forward, and the two motorcycles hit it. Neither cyclist was wearing a helmet, the patrol said. Gamso and Turner suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
Hospital Auxiliary "Back to School" closeout sale: 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Brooksville Regional Hospital, Conference Room 2, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. (352) 442-0169.
Spring Hill Garden Club plant nursery: 9 a.m.-noon, 1489 Parker Ave. A variety of plants will be available. (352) 683-9933.
Karaoke and tacos: 6 p.m., Moose Lodge 1429, 1936 Abacus Road, Holiday. (727) 937-9030.
Line dancing at the Elks: Beginners at 10 a.m., intermediate at 11 a.m., 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. $3 for one session, $5 for both.
Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.