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Hotel worker injured during robbery

A woman was pistol-whipped during an armed robbery Wednesday at a motel near Interstate 75 and State Road 54, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Her condition was not known late Wednesday, but the injury did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said. Three men, two of them wearing black ski masks and carrying guns, jumped over the counter at the Sleep Inn, 5703 Oakley Blvd., about 4:15 p.m. and demanded money, sheriff's spokesman Jon Powers said. One of two employees in the office at the time was hit in the head with a gun, Powers said. She was taken to East Pasco Medical Center in Dade City for treatment. The men took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the motel. They may have left the area in a dark tan, full-size vehicle, Powers said. The man who was not wearing a mask is described as being in his 20s, about 5 feet 8, 130 to 140 pounds and bald, Powers said. He was wearing camouflage pants and a white shirt. Sheriff's deputies were looking for the men late Wednesday.

Suspect in killing still in critical condition

ZEPHYRHILLS _ A man suspected of killing his ailing wife, then shooting himself in the head, remained in critical condition Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. It is not clear whether Joseph Machunk, 74, will be charged in the strangulation of his wife, Mary Machunk, 72. He has not been able to speak with detectives since her death. A home health care worker found the couple in their Colony Hills mobile home Sunday. Mrs. Machunk had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.


The Parent Teacher Student Association was formed recently at Seven Springs Middle School with support from principal Roni Sushko. An incorrect school was listed in a Class Notes item on the Top of the Class page Wednesday. The same item listed the 1997-98 executive board members, but incorrectly referred to another type of board member.