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Auto theft, murder charges inappropriate in fatal crash

Accident charges are inappropriate

I am very sorry for the Bierwiler family and my sympathy goes out to them as the husband of Beverly Mercer, who was killed in an auto accident. I am appalled at Andrew Morris being charged with third-degree murder and grand theft auto. Let's get real here.

It is sad, very sad, to make these charges against Andrew Morris, who took the family car that day without permission, and call it grand theft auto. Whether there is an accident or not, Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino is setting a precedent in other criminal cases involving children taking the family car without permission.

I assure you, the Morris parents did not know their statements would put their son in this position facing a murder charge.

Here is Hernando County making history again, probably on a national level, with these bogus charges by an ambitious assistant state attorney trying to get national exposure. If it isn't that, what other reason is it? None from where I am sitting.

I have forgiven the person who killed my wife, Beverly, in that accident — and that is what I call it: an accident. It could have been more.

Sheriff Richard Nugent and his staff need to catch the real criminals in Hernando County. This is a senseless charge against Andrew Morris. Before you lock up half the teenagers in Hernando County for taking their parents' cars without permission, accident or not, stop this senseless act of injustice and scarring Andrew's future for life.

Gary Mercer, Spring Hill

State of cemetery is shameful

My heart goes out to Alyce Walker, the caretaker of Spring Hill Cemetery. It is a lovingly kept historic cemetery in a beautiful location. The vandalized grave may not have had a name, but it was certainly a marked grave with a cover. Sometimes names do get lost on old graves but they are still hallowed ground.

We have been to Spring Hill Cemetery to pay our respects and look at the graves with the same reverence we paid to the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. However, we were dismayed by the trash dumped on either side of the road in the lovely woods on the way there. I can't believe the county has allowed that gorgeous area to become a dump site and a known hangout for drug users. If the powers that be are not aware of the dumping there, it's time they took a look.

A fence and lights won't be enough unless the county as a whole shows the same respect for the Spring Hill Cemetery as it does to other county cemeteries. What would happen if someone desecrated a grave in the Brooksville cemetery or the military one at Bushnell? I bet there are some veterans who served our country buried at Spring Hill.

These two young men who broke into the grave and stole the skull are not children. They are 18 and 19 years old. Surely they can find a better way to spend time — maybe volunteer to help repair the grave and clean up the woods full of trash near the cemetery. It would be a way to atone along with an abject apology to Alyce Walker and the others who have loved ones buried there.

Doris Taylor, Brooksville

Hospitals can't meet all needs

People have no clue about Hernando County hospitals. We fly people out to major hospitals because the local hospitals do not have an on-call emergency surgeon waiting for an emergency to enter the hospital doors.

In places like St. Petersburg and Tampa, there are massive amounts of people and the hospitals are huge. They have every kind of emergency doctor on call so when a paramedic thinks a major artery is sliced from an injury — like the bullet the swimmer in Weekiwachee Preserve received — immediate surgery is available.

If Jane Doe gets in a car crash and bangs her head, and the paramedics feel uncomfortable with a possible brain injury, then she too will be flown out.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion on why this county flies out people who need immediate, high-level emergency care.

Jeffrey Huber, Brooksville

Chef's family says thanks for votes

We are so thankful to everyone in Hernando and Pasco counties who voted for Chef Kevin Howe.

It has been an amazing experience. From the well wishes to the great hugs we have been receiving, it is just a reflection of the wonderful people in our little part of the world. We are very grateful for this opportunity.

Karen Howe, Spring Hill

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Auto theft, murder charges inappropriate in fatal crash 07/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 25, 2009 10:09am]
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