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Boy bitten by coral snake moves his legs, nods head

Published Sep. 13, 2005

Bobby Martin Jr., the Brooksville boy hospitalized since Sunday after he was bitten by a coral snake, moved his legs and nodded his head slightly on Friday, his father said. The 7-year-old boy, a second-grader at Brooksville's Moton Elementary, still lies largely motionless in intensive care at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, said Bobby Martin Sr. He is listed in guarded condition. Using winks of his eyelids to communicate, Bobby acknowledged that he is in pain, according to his father. He's also suffering from a low-grade fever. Hospital officials said that is not unusual following a coral snake bite. Today at 2 p.m., residents will hold a benefit dinner for the Martins at the Sail Inn on U.S. 41 south of Brooksville. Though the family has health insurance, Martin, a self-employed laborer who does tile and drywall work, has been off the job to be with his son.

Police: Man pointed pellet gun after fender-bender

SPRING HILL _ A 51-year-old man is accused of pointing a pellet gun after he backed into another man's car while both waited in the drive-through line at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Commercial Way. Kass Durden, of 16107 U.S. 19, was arrested Wednesday and faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's report. No one was hurt. Durden backed his van into Joshua Jones' car about 3:20 p.m., the report said. Jones got out of his car and yelled at Durden, who then got out of the van with the pellet gun held at his left side. Durden started yelling and pointed the gun at Jones, the report said. Jones, and several deputies who saw the gun when they arrived, thought the pellet gun was a really a Colt .45 pistol. A closer inspection revealed it was a Daisy model .45 caliber pellet gun. Durden did not fire the weapon. He told deputies he pulled the gun because he thought Jones was going to rob him. He was released from the Hernando County Jail on $1,000 bail.