Car jumps onto sidewalk, slams into 2 children
A 14-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother were hit Tuesday afternoon by a car that careened onto the sidewalk in front of Gulf Trace Elementary School, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Spokesman Doug Tobin said the crash happened about 4 p.m. as the girl walked her brother home from the school at 3303 Gulf Trace Blvd. Both children were transported to local hospitals: Trent Joseph McIntyre has a broken leg and Breanne McIntyre has neck and head injuries, Florida Highway Patrol said. Both are in stable condition. Sheila Jean Rogers, 42, was driving to the school to pick up her son when she blacked out, lost control of her car, hit the two children and ran into a chain link fence, Tobin said. Deputies said Rogers did not appear to be impaired on drugs or alcohol. FHP is investigating whether a medical problem might have caused the crash. The collision happened in front of many young children, Tobin said. Grief counselors and extra school resource officers will be at the school today if any students need to talk about what they saw. "A traumatic incident like this can affect them," Tobin said.
Contractor held on grand theft charges
A contractor is accused of duping two families out of more than $20,000 by agreeing to do home repairs – then cashing the checks and never doing any work, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Falk Lindner, a 47-year-old owner of the now-defunct Palm Coast Construction, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with two counts of grand theft. Court records state the thefts go back to 2006, the same year Lindner filed for bankruptcy. Lindner has since moved to Knoxville, Tenn., according to the Sheriff's Office. He was extradited from Tennessee to Pasco County and was being held Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Lawmaker to hold town hall meeting
State Sen. Victor Crist will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the performing arts center of Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road, to seek input on how the state government can better meet citizens' needs. Crist will be prepared to discuss economic development, public safety, health care and transportation, among other topics. The meeting will not adjourn until everyone has a chance to speak. For planning purposes, those intending to attend are encouraged, but not required, to contact Jennifer Wilson by e-mail at Wilson.jennifer.S12@flsenate.gov, or by telephone at (813) 975-6658.
Deputy, inmate hurt in crash
A deputy and an inmate were injured early Tuesday morning in a crash on their way to the jail. Story, Page 5