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Skydive City jumper dies after parachute malfunctions

ZEPHYRHILLS

Skydiver killed when parachute malfunctions

A 68-year-old skydiver died Friday afternoon after his parachute malfunctioned. Paul C. Luter III landed near Airport Road and South Avenue shortly after 1 p.m. Capt. Robert McKinney with the Zephyrhills Police Department said Luter "experienced a problem with his parachute" during a jump from Skydive City. It appears the main parachute began spinning after it opened, Skydive City general manager David T.K. Hayes said. "He was either unconscious or perhaps incapacitated in some way, we expect, but do not know for sure," Hayes said. When Luter cut away from his main parachute at about 300 feet, Hayes said, "there was not enough altitude for the reserve parachute to deploy in time." It appears Luter died instantly. According to reports, Luter lived out of state but was an experienced skydiver. Skydive City, at 4241 Sky Dive Lane, is a business in Zephyrhills for skydive enthusiasts.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Girl pulled from pond is back home

The 15-month-old girl who nearly drowned this week was released from the hospital Friday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. A family member found Kayla Chanea about 11 a.m. Thursday in a pond behind her home on 27825 Breakers Drive. A neighbor came over to do CPR, and the 911 dispatchers gave CPR instructions over the phone, helping to save the girl's life, the Sheriff's Office said. Kayla had wandered out of the home through a sliding glass door while three adults, including her father, were home. The near-drowning appears to be an accident, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said.

Correction

Heritage Art Center's Spotlight on Talent will be at noon and 7 p.m. March 27 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. An item in Wednesday's Top of the Class gave an incorrect time.

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