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Killer's brother dies; pills, alcohol suspected

The brother of a notorious Hernando County killer died Friday after he apparently took too much medicine and drank alcohol, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Robby Mansfield, 33, of 7239 Centerwood Ave. in Spring Hill died Friday morning in an apparent accident.

"I think this was just unintentional _ consuming a lot of pills and drinking," sheriff's spokeswoman Deanna Dammer said. The medical examiner's office had not determined the cause of death Monday.

Mansfield's brother, Billy Mansfield Jr., pleaded guilty in 1982 to strangling four women with a wire and burying their bodies in makeshift graves near his family's home in Weeki Wachee Acres. He is serving time in a California prison for a murder in that state.

Boy burned playing

with lighter, gas

MASARYKTOWN _ A 9-year-old boy suffered second-degree burns on his arms and chest after he played with gasoline and a lighter at his friend's home.

The incident happened Friday afternoon at Brian Sheet's friend's home on Lincoln Avenue. A Hernando County Sheriff's Office report said Sheet and a friend poured some gasoline on the ground and lit a lighter while Sheet held the container in his hand. The container burst into flames.

Sheet was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital and was transferred to the burn unit at Tampa General Hospital.

Statue hurled through

front window of home

SPRING HILL _ Frank McCoy was watching television in his home Sunday night when a concrete statue of an angel came careening through his front window, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report.

McCoy, who lives at 201 Eastpoint Court, said he saw someone's hands outside the window after the statue was thrown. The statue broke the window and a glass table and damaged tiles and white leather chairs, the report said.

McCoy threw his television remote control through the window at the fleeing suspect. Authorities processed the statue for fingerprints but found none. No one was immediately arrested.

Driver in car crash

also had heart attack

SPRING HILL _ James Edward Steele of Spring Hill suffered a heart attack when his car ran off Spring Hill Drive and crashed on Friday, the medical examiner's office said Monday.

Whether the heart attack caused the accident or led to Steele's death would not be known until an autopsy report was completed, a medical examiner's spokesperson said.

Steele, 49, had a history of heart disease, family members said.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Steele struck an unoccupied vehicle when his 1984 Oldsmobile, which was traveling west on Spring Hill Drive, crossed the eastbound lane, jumped a curb and hit a parked car.

A Highway Patrol spokesperson said Sunday that the accident was alcohol-related but could provide no other details. Steele, who lived on Finland Drive, served as a sergeant in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired as a narcotics police officer in Detroit in 1982 after he was shot in the back during a drug arrest.

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