Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Stabbed man taken to hospital after calling authorities

SPRING HILL

Stabbed man calls authorities and is taken to hospital

Hernando County sheriff's detectives are investigating a stabbing that sent a man to the hospital Thursday afternoon.

When deputies responded to 4105 Dristol Ave. about 4:30 p.m., 27-year-old Carl DeRoberts said he had stabbed Douglas Tramill during a fight inside the house, the Sheriff's Office said. Tramill, 35, left the house and called authorities from a parking lot of nearby Springstead High School.

He was taken to a local trauma center with a wound to his upper body that was not considered life-threatening. No charges had been filed Friday.

BROOKSVILLE

Driver arrested after road rage argument

A road rage argument between the drivers of two vehicles traveling north on U.S. 19 Thursday resulted in the arrest of Rudolf Wayne Byrne, 39, of New Port Richey on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave the following account of the incident: The occupants of a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu and a 2012 Dodge van exchanged insults and threw plastic water bottles at each other near a Home Depot on U.S. 19. Byrne, the driver of the van, swerved in front of the car, causing the vehicles to make contact.

The report said that after the woman driving the Malibu came to a stop, Byrne left his van and began striking the driver's door and window with brass knuckles. In fear of being harmed, the report said, the woman drove off and called 911. Deputies who questioned Byrne said he admitted that he had armed himself with the brass knuckles after being struck in the head by the woman with a water bottle. He also said she had pinned him against his vehicle with her car and that he had threatened a male passenger sitting in the front seat of her car. Byrne was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center and later released on $10,000 bail.

Tampa

Expect big crowds today on city streets

The streets of downtown Tampa will be more crowded than usual today because of several events.

Traffic congestion is expected to be particularly heavy between 3 p.m. and midnight. What will cause the tie-ups? Funk Fest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and two plays at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Drivers should allow extra time and avoid Ashley Drive and Tampa Street. Alternate routes include Meridian Avenue and Beneficial Drive to access Harbour Island, Kennedy Boulevard and Interstate 275.

For drivers attending events at the Straz, officials advise parking in the Poe Garage or nearby lots. Parking at the Fort Brooke Garage and then taking the free HART trolley — which will provide extended service today — is recommended for those heading to Hixon Park. The Royal Regional Parking Lot at 1200 N Tampa St. is also an option.

TALLAHASSEE

Killer's death warrant signed by governor

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for a man convicted in the death of a prison guard.

William Van Poyck, 58, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison near Raiford at 6 p.m. June 12. In 1987, Van Poyck and co-defendant Frank Valdes ambushed two guards who were taking inmate James O'Brien in a prison van to a doctor's office in West Palm Beach. Corrections Officer Fred Griffis died after being shot three times. Van Poyck and Valdes were unable to free O'Brien and were arrested a short time later when Valdes lost control of the Cadillac he was driving and struck a tree.

Van Poyck has taken responsibility for the slaying but denied he was the triggerman.

Times staff, wire reports

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