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Child's death under investigation

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the county medical examiner are investigating the death of a 35-month-old Town 'N Country boy. Results of the Sheriff's Office investigation and tests by the medical examiner's office should be completed next week. Toby Brian Stroll was found dead in his bed by emergency medical workers shortly after noon Thursday, said Debbie Carter, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. A sheriff's report states the child's mother, Naomi Stroll, 20, of 7902 Landmark Lane in the Landmark Apartment complex, had a party at her apartment Wednesday night. The woman told police she checked on the child at 4 a.m., and he seemed fine. The next time she looked in on him, around noon Thursday, he was blue and did not appear to be breathing, according to a report. The mother called for emergency medical personnel who pronounced the child dead at the scene. The cause of death remains unknown and will probably not be established until some time next week, Carter said.

Woman reports rape after interview

TOWN 'N COUNTRY _ A 20-year-old woman who went for a job interview at a restaurant in northwest Hillsborough County on Thursday afternoon said she was later raped by a man who identified himself as the manager, Hillsborough Sheriff's officials said. The woman said she went to the restaurant on Hillsborough Avenue about 3 p.m., and left with the man after he asked her if she wanted to go with him while he ran errands, Sheriff's Lt. James Core said. The woman said the man took her to a house in Town 'N Country and raped her three times and then dropped her off at her apartment in south Tampa, Core said. The man is described as white, in his mid-20s, 5 feet 7, with brown hair and green eyes. He was driving an older model tan Datsun 280Z. No arrest had been made Friday.

Officials say infestation not as bad

Florida agriculture officials said Thursday that this year's grasshopper infestation isn't nearly as bad as the past two years'. But Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford warned citrus growers in Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco counties to watch out for signs of a plague. "We want to make sure that any localized "hot spot' infestations do not get out of control," Crawford said in a news release. American grasshoppers pop up in the three counties every year around June, but the past two years have been particularly bad. Once they mature, the grasshoppers can do huge damage to crops and are difficult to kill. Crawford asks anyone who works more than 5 acres and thinks that land is infested with grasshoppers to call the Grasshopper Control Project in Dade City at (904) 521-1245.

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