HILLSBOROUGH_ A sheriff's lieutenant lost control of his car and hit two other cars Thursday after suffering a possible diabetic reaction, sheriff's officials said. Lt. Rowland C. Osgood was driving west on Bearss Avenue near Buchanan Junior High School about 4:20 p.m. when the accident happened, officials said. No one else was injured and Osgood was treated and released from University Community Hospital. Capt. J.R. Miller said Osgood may not have taken an insulin injection. Witnesses said Osgood's car suddenly accelerated and hit at least two cars, one in front of a 7-Eleven store and another in front of the junior high school. Someone who saw the accident notified the school resource officer at Buchanan, who radioed the Sheriff's Office for help. School was dismissed at 4 p.m. and few students were near the school at the time of the accident.
Suspect thought to be
"Motorcycle Helmet Robber'
TAMPA _ The FBI hopes several Tampa Bay area bank robberies will be solved with the arrest of a man thought to be the "motorcycle helmet robber" The robber wanted in 39 robberies from Sarasota to south Georgia. Dave A. Clark, 47, of Sarasota, was arrested Wednesday in Winter Park minutes after he the robbery of the Great Western Bank. He was wearing a motorcycle helmet. The FBI said Paul William Miller, 47, of Bradenton, was waiting for Clark in a van. Miller also was arrested, and both men were taken to an Orlando jail, the FBI said. The FBI said Clark is suspected of robbing banks in Central Florida, Jacksonville and Georgia over three years. He has not been charged in those robberies.
driver is identified
TAMPA _ The hit-and-run driver who was killed Wednesday in a crash moments after the first wreck was identified as a 16-year-old Tampa youth, officials said. Juan C. Torres-Lopez of 8709 Cordial Court was heading east on Fletcher Avenue about 9:30 p.m. when he drove through a red light at Lake Magadalene Boulevard, officials said. His brown Datsun clipped a 1988 Ford Mustang that was turning east onto Fletcher, slid sideways and then plowed broadside into a van that was stopped at a traffic light, officials said. Moments before, Torres-Lopez had fled from a minor accident at Rome and Fletcher avenues. Torres died at the scene and his passenger, Michael Thonley, 16, of 6012 Crestridge Road, was flown by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital. Thonley was in guarded condition late Thursday. The drivers and passengers of the other three vehicles were not seriously injured.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell will conduct a health-care hearing in Tampa on Dec. 9 to discuss ways to contain rising medical costs. The visit is part of a five-city schedule of hearings to explore solutions to the lack of access to health care. Senators who are expected to accompany Mitchell of Maine are Democrats Bob Graham, D-Fla., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Harris Wofford, D-Penn.
CLEARWATER _ James McLeod had lost faith in humanity. His wheelchair _ his only means of transportation _ was stolen Tuesday. On Wednesday, his faith was restored. By mid-morning, dozens of people had called the St. Petersburg Times and McLeod's apartment complex offering to donate wheelchairs to the 24-year-old, who has a liver disease that has caused him to use a wheelchair for 10 years. Then there was a knock on the door and there was his red-and-black, child-sized wheelchair. It was a no-questions-asked situation, but the man who returned it told McLeod that someone had left it on his doorstep. "I can't believe it," McLeod said. "I really appreciate everyone's concern."