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Vicky Dinsmore, who was shot in the chest this week, has been upgraded to fair condition, a spokesperson at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg said Friday night.
That means Dinsmore's vital signs are stable and within normal limits and she is conscious, although she may be uncomfortable. She had been in critical condition since Monday night, when her family said her husband was drunk and twirling a handgun during an argument and accidentally shot her in the chest at their apartment in Port Richey.
Her husband, Patrick Michael Dinsmore, remained in the county jail in Land O'Lakes on Friday night. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bail and faces charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling and aggravated assault.
3 injured when minivan
plows into school bus
NEW PORT RICHEY _ A minivan slammed into the back of a school bus carrying disabled students on Friday morning, sending two Mitchell High School teenagers and an aide to the hospital.
"The van coming behind the bus (didn't) see it and at the last second (hit) the brakes," said Trooper Jeff Kidder of the Florida Highway Patrol.
The bus was stopped about 8:30 a.m. in a line of traffic, facing east on Mitchell Boulevard and waiting to turn left on Little Road, Kidder said.
Patricia Werner, 16, a Mitchell High School student, was driving the van, Kidder said. She was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said.
Rita Kyle, 60, of Port Richey was driving the school bus, which also had three students and an aide, Kidder said.
Summer Stephen, 16, of Holiday and aide Adrianna Gonzalez, 58, of New Port Richey were taken to Community Hospital in New Port Richey with very minor injuries, troopers said.
The crash still was under investigation Friday night, troopers said.
Man held on charges of molesting children
NEW PORT RICHEY _ A man wanted on child molestation charges in Washington state was arrested Thursday afternoon at his Mango Street home, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.
According to Spokane County records, Randy Wayne Lake, 21, was wanted on charges that he molested two 8-year-olds and two 4-year-olds earlier this year.
Lake was being held without bail Friday night in the county jail in Land O'Lakes.