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Spring Hill man pleads not guilty in 2008 fatal crash

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Man pleads not guilty in 2008 fatal crash

A Spring Hill man charged with DUI manslaughter in a head-on collision that killed a 41-year-old Weeki Wachee man last December pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Authorities said Mitchell D. Vliet's 1994 Ford car crossed a paved median on U.S. 19 and pulled into the path of a 1998 Kia SUV driven by Troy John Schultz. The accident happened Dec. 20 near Grizzly Bear Lane.

Schultz died at the scene. Authorities say Vliet sped off after the crash.

In September, one of Schultz's relatives filed a wrongful-death claim against Vliet. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Linda S. Johnson, seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

Vliet will return to court on Feb. 5 for a pretrial hearing.

Not guilty plea in child porn charges

A Homosassa man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to 125 charges of possession of child pornography.

Joe Edwin Rogers Jr., 49, surrendered to Citrus County authorities on Nov. 9.

Authorities have accused Rogers of acquiring a number of pornographic materials and images through the Internet.

A review of the court records provided no further details about the material, and assistant district attorney Brian Trehy declined to comment about Rogers' connection to Hernando County.

Rogers will return to court Jan. 8 for a pretrial hearing in Circuit Judge Jack Springstead's courtroom.

Spring Hill man pleads not guilty in 2008 fatal crash 12/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 9:55pm]
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