Toddler leaves house, nearly drowns in pond
A 15-month-old girl is in critical condition after nearly drowning Thursday morning. Pasco County Sheriff's deputies and Fire Rescue crews got a call at 11:07 a.m. that a child was found in a pond behind the house at 27825 Breakers Drive. Kayla Chanea wandered out of the home through a sliding glass door, said Doug Tobin, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. There were three adults in the home, including Kayla's father. A family member noticed Kayla was missing and began looking for her, then noticed the sliding glass door open and found her in the pond, Tobin said. Kayla was given CPR and flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa by helicopter. "It appears accidental at this point," Tobin said of the incident.
Two students hurt in bus accident
Two students received minor injuries when a Jeep Cherokee rammed into the back of a Pasco County school bus at 3:30 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 41, just north of State Road 52. There were 24 students from Crews Lake Middle School aboard the bus. A 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl complained of back and neck pain, but there were no major injuries reported, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The girl was transported to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. The bus was stopped on northbound U.S. 41 with its red lights and stop sign activated when the white Jeep — driven by Sara Evans, 21, of New Port Richey — failed to stop and rear-ended the bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The Jeep went underneath the bus and caught fire. Evans had minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital, said Sgt. Larry Kraus, FHP spokesman. She was charged with careless driving. Another bus took the students home.
Former manager accused of fraud
A former manager for JC Automax is accused of stealing refund checks from customers and pocketing the money for himself. Keith A. Koslow, 46, was arrested Wednesday and charged with scheme to defraud. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Koslow took 14 checks that were supposed go to customers who overpaid on their vehicle registration, then forged them to himself and cashed them at a food mart in Land O'Lakes. The checks totaled $1,342.85. The incidents happened from October 2009 to February involving the JC Automax at 7411 U.S. 41 in Land O'Lakes, the report said. Koslow, who is now listed as unemployed and lives at 5642 Sheer Bliss Loop in Land O'Lakes, was released from jail Wednesday on $5,000 bail.