Russell James Seedner, 36, of Oldsmar, died Thursday at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Mr. Seedner, of 107 W Arlington St., was hospitalized last month with injuries suffered in a head-on collision in Oldsmar. His wife, Holly Lynn Seedner, 31, died shortly after the Sept. 26 accident at Mease Hospital Countryside in Safety Harbor. The other driver, Charles B. Hamilton, 32, of 30 Geoffrey Court in Oldsmar, has been discharged from Bayfront Medical Center. The collision happened about 1:30 a.m. on Tampa Road near W Sandpiper Court. Mrs. Seedner was driving east in a 1988 Dodge. Hamilton was westbound in a 1986 Ford. The Florida Highway Patrol said Mrs. Seedner crossed the center of the road and drove into the path of the Ford. Mr. Seedner worked as a carrier for the St. Petersburg Times. Rick Ryan, his supervisor, said the Seedners were on their way to Tarpon Springs to pick up newspapers at the time of the accident. No charges were filed in the accident. The Seedners are survived by a 10-year-old son, Russell J. Jr. Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater is handling the arrangements. A graveside memorial service is planned at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park at 2909 Union St.
TIMES EDITOR HONORED. St. Petersburg Times associate editor Lucy Morgan has been awarded the annual LeRoy Collins Distinguished Community College Alumni Award for this region. Morgan, who also is the paper's Tallahassee bureau chief, graduated from Pasco-Hernando Community College with honors in 1975. Besides PHCC, the region extends to South Florida and includes Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg Junior College. Morgan shared the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for reporting wrongdoing in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 1982 for her investigation into drug smuggling and corruption in Dixie and Taylor counties. Morgan, who started her journalism career at the Ocala Star-Banner, has been with the Times since 1968.
Florida Power denies rumors of
a Crystal River nuclear plant sale
With pink slips flying and more cutbacks possible, rumors abound at Florida Power Corp.'s nuclear plant in Crystal River. Thursday, one had a shareholder and stockbrokers demanding answers. Louis D. Putney, a Tampa lawyer and longtime critic of Florida Power, filed a resolution this week demanding that the company promise never to sell its 860-megawatt nuclear plant. That demand came about after Putney, a shareholder, said he received a call from a plant worker who told him of recent visits to the plant by two Southeastern nuclear utilities, Atlanta-based Southern Co. and Charlotte-based Duke Power Co. The worker told Putney that Florida Power was looking to sell Crystal River Unit 3. "I'm convinced something is going on," said Putney, who declined to identify the worker or other sources of his information. "There is cause for concern." Officials from Florida Power and both utilities responded in chorus: "It's not true," said Florida Power spokesman Will Rodgers. "That's not true," said Southern Co. spokesman David Mould. "Absolutely not true," said Duke Power spokeswoman Guynn Savage. Even the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the staid government body that oversees operations of the nation's nuclear plants, joined in. "To my knowledge, Florida Power has not applied for a transfer of anything," said Ken Clark, a spokesman for the agency, which would have to approve any request to transfer a nuclear license.
COUPLE DENIED BREAK TO KEEP THEIR HOUSE. Christopher and Kathy Legge of Palm Harbor wanted the Lake St. George community association board to show mercy by reversing its decision to foreclose on their house after they failed to pay a $125 chimney painting bill. Or at least to help them buy it back. Board members, with attorney Steven Mezer at their side, rebuked the request. Rules are rules, and there are no exceptions, they said. "Responsibility has to come from everybody," board president Lillian Sawyer said. Now the Legges must either purchase their own house back from RSR Investments Inc. of Tampa, the company that bought it for $2,000, or leave whenever the company decides the time is right. The price: $5,000. "Whatever happened to helping people out?" Christopher Legge asked, fighting back tears. "You don't know what it's like."
PORNO AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN. Without hesitation, Maura Sweeney will tell you her opinion that Pinellas County is the "porno capital of the South." People in New Orleans, or even Hillsborough County, might disagree. But it's a serious enough problem, Sweeney said, that the Clearwater chapter of Concerned Women for America, Citizens Opposed to Pornography, is starting a black-ribbon campaign for National Pornography Awareness Week from Sunday through Nov. 5. Sweeney is a spokeswoman for the local group. A staple of the event nationwide is its white ribbon campaign. But members of Citizens Opposed to Pornography are encouraging people to wear black ribbons because, "it seemed kind of silly to wear white ribbons for such a serious problem. We chose black because of the proliferation of these businesses in Pinellas County," Sweeney said. Pornography Awareness Week has been recognized since 1988.
DADE CITY WINS STATE AWARD. Dade City has been named "Florida's Outstanding Rural Community of the Year 1994" by a state agency that helps rural communities solve their economic problems. A city delegation received the award and a $2,000 check this week at the state Rural Development Conference in Gainesville. The city earned the award for its successful efforts to restore passenger railroad service to the city and to have its railroad depot named to the National Register of Historic Places, said Michael Roman, spokesman for the state Department of Commerce.
MEMBERS OF CYCLE CLUB ARRESTED. Authorities were rounding up 12 members and associates of the Pasco chapter of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club late Friday after a six-month undercover investigation called Operation Wizard. The 12 people face a total of 31 counts including sale, possession and delivery of cocaine, armed trafficking in cocaine, dealing in stolen property and weapons charges. The investigation was conducted by the Pasco and Hillsborough sheriff's departments and state attorneys' offices, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco and the statewide prosecutor. Late Friday, four of the 12 suspects were in custody: chapter president Lee Allen Carter, 37; treasurer and road captain Morgan Jay Odell, 32; member Daniel Arturo Sisto, 32; and Crystal Lynn Powell, 21. All four live in Zephyrhills.