Two charged after toddler found in stroller in road
Two people were accused of child neglect after each left a 2-year-old sweltering in a stroller on Monday thinking the other adult was taking care of the child. A deputy found the boy clad only in a soaked diaper sitting in a stroller in the road at the Big Tree Mobile Home Park at 6130 Broad St. at 10:50 a.m., a Hernando County sheriff's report said. The temperature was about 90 degrees, the report said, and the child had no shelter or water to prevent dehydration. The report said that Ruthann Gomez, 23, believed that Terry Taylor, 54, was watching the child. Taylor told a deputy that he thought Gomez had picked up the child while he was sleeping. Taylor noticed the child was missing about 8 a.m., the report said. The report did not explain how the child and the stroller got in the road. Both Gomez and Taylor were arrested on a single count of child neglect.
FHP says speeding motorcyclist killed
A 22-year-old Brooksville man was killed early Tuesday when his motorcycle went off the road and hit several objects, including a pole and a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Steven Dale Berry was westbound on Spring Hill Drive on a 2005 Yamaha about 2 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve at Bentley Avenue, the report said. Berry, who was not wearing a helmet, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck a road sign, a power pole and a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Celebrate Florida forests' 75th year
The 75th anniversary of Florida state forests will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Florida Center for Wildfire and forest training center, 24059 Childs Road, off U.S. 41 N. The celebration will include the oral and photo history of the Withlacoochee State Forest, as well as forest management, fire control and recreation displays. Smokey Bear and the Wildfire Clown will visit and light refreshments will be provided. For information, call (352) 754-6896.
Lottery winner was lucky at grocery
One of the three winning tickets in the Florida Lottery's Fantasy 5 drawing on Friday was purchased at the Publix at 9595 Commercial Way. The winning numbers were 6-13-18-25-36. The other tickets were purchased in New Port Richey (at the Sweetbay store on Massachusetts Avenue) and in Homestead. Each winner will receive $75,197.32.
• Swanie's Supper Club, formerly in the Quality Inn in Spring Hill, is moving to a new location, which will be named later. A Times story on June 5 gave an incorrect status of the business.
• The West Hernando Coin Club will not have a coin show this Saturday. Due to wrong information supplied to the Times, the event was incorrectly listed in the Events column on Sunday.