Authorities are seeking the driver of a black sedan that reportedly ran a 1996 Ford off Interstate 75 on Wednesday night, killing a man and critically injuring his wife. Both vehicles were southbound on I-75 just south of State Road 52 about 7:15 p.m. when the sedan changed lanes and cut off the Ford, which left the road and rolled several times, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The Ford's driver, Samuel Perry Landers, 68, of 8261 35th Avenue N in St. Petersburg, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Gloria Landers, 61, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was in critical condition late Thursday. Both victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver of the sedan, which did not make contact with the Ford, drove off. The car is described as black and small- to mid-sized. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. M.D. Hensley at (800) 500-1240.
Attorneys for man accused
in killing seek more time
DADE CITY _ Defense attorneys for Earl Linebaugh, accused of killing two Crystal Springs women, have persuaded a judge to postpone his trial until June 22 while they interview additional witnesses. Linebaugh's trial in Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Court was scheduled to start this week, but after a jury was seated his attorneys asked Judge Lynn Tepper for more time to prepare their case. The request came in part because Linebaugh's attorneys said they had been unaware until this week that his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Harris, would testify against him. Harris was sentenced in January to two life sentences for her role in the 1995 killings of Maudeline Bailey, 84, and Alice Durfee, her 57-year-old caretaker.
Deputy's estranged husband charged with stalking
The estranged husband of a Pasco sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of aggravated stalking. Terry Lee Flecker, 47, is accused of violating a domestic violence injunction issued last month by driving past her house at all hours and calling her repeatedly. On Wednesday night, Flecker drove to a parking lot beside the Sheriff's Office, with his truck bearing large wooden signs stating his marital trouble. He was arrested on Little Road and King Helie Boulevard, booked into the county jail in Land O'Lakes and released Thursday on $10,000 bail. His wife, Jeannine D. Flecker, 34, has been working for the Sheriff's Office since December 1996.
The Claude Pepper Senior Health Clinic on Van Buren Street in New Port Richey will have a melanoma screening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Because of incorrect information supplied to the Times, the wrong starting time was listed in the Health Notes column Thursday. Also, participants must make an appointment by calling 844-3077.
William Russell Speanburg, accused as an accomplice in the slaying of Ronald Egyed, is 23. Because of incorrect information supplied to the Times, stories on Saturday and Tuesday listed a wrong age.