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Friends will hold Pine Island service for construction worker killed in accident

Service will honor worker who was killed

PINE ISLAND — Friends of a construction worker killed earlier this week will hold a service in his memory at 5 p.m. today at Alfred A. McKethan Park on Pine Island.

Steven Thompson, 28, of Dade City was working on a road project in a closed westbound lane of Spring Hill Drive, just east of Spring Park Way, when a woman driving a pickup failed to merge into the one open lane, authorities said.

The pickup plowed over a barrel barrier, continued along the closed lane and slammed into Thompson, authorities said. He later died at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

Couple had marijuana in home, officials say

SPRING HILL — A married couple from Spring Hill face drug charges after investigators say they found about a pound of marijuana in their home.

Two children, one age 14 and the other about 2, also live in the house, investigators said.

Eric Edward Sievers, 36, and Jennifer Lee Sievers, 32, were both arrested and charged with five criminal counts, including cultivation and possession of marijuana. Bail for each of the Sievers, who live at 3348 Susan Drive in Spring Hill, was set at $30,500.

Driver faces DUI, other charges after stop

BROOKSVILLE — A man with a long history of infractions was charged with a litany of new criminal counts — including felony DUI —after a traffic stop on Alberta Street early Thursday morning.

In addition to DUI, 33-year-old Timothy Paul Hall of Brooksville was charged with driving while his license was suspended or revoked, resisting arrest without violence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, refusal to submit to a sobriety test and criminal mischief.

His bail was set at $17,500.

Hall's criminal record in Hernando County dates back to 1996. It includes convictions for shoplifting, solicitation for sale of cocaine and — six times — battery. He has been convicted of DUI three times and has been charged with at least 34 traffic offenses in the past 15 years. As recently as Oct. 20, he was found guilty of reckless driving.

Motorcycle crash kills Weeki Wachee man

HOMOSASSA — A 54-year-old Weeki Wachee man died Thursday night after losing control of his motorcycle on a Citrus County road, authorities said.

Henry Charles Richards was riding his 2010 Harley-Davidson east on County Road 480, also known as Oak Park Boulevard, when he had trouble on a curve in the roadway just east of Corkwood Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The motorcycle crossed the westbound lane and traveled onto the north shoulder, flipping twice. Richards, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene, authorities said.

The crash remained under investigation Friday.

— Times staff

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