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Man accused in backhoe sale

Troy Eugene Yarbrough, a 20-year-old Brooksville resident, has been accused of selling a yellow Caterpillar backhoe stolen from a Clearwater construction site to a Hernando County man for $5,500 last week. He was arrested Monday. Yarbrough already was on probation after pleading no contest in August to charges that he cashed several stolen checks at a Brooksville convenience store. He said he slept through his arraignment on those charges, and a warrant was issued for his arrest before he called the court and rescheduled. An arrest affidavit states that the man who bought the backhoe learned that it was stolen and turned it over to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. According to records, Yarbrough drove by the sheriff's impound lot Friday, saw the recovered backhoe and started making plans to leave the state to avoid arrest. He was arrested without incident Monday. He remained in the Hernando County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Troopers identify crash victim

BROOKSVILLE _ State troopers have released the name of an elderly driver who died after veering off Lake Lindsey Road and into the woods Monday afternoon. Truey Franklin Smith, 77, of 9480 S Breen Ter. in Homosassa might have had a heart attack that caused him to crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He died at Brooksville Regional Hospital.