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The Police Department is looking for two men who robbed a coin laundry at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
The men walked into the M & L Coin Laundromat at 37852 State Road 54 around 6 a.m., police reports said. One man approached the cash register while the other man stood by the door, the report said.
The first man pulled out a light gray semiautomatic pistol and told the cashier to empty the register. When the cashier froze, the second man ran behind the counter and took the money out of the register, the report said.
Officials would not disclose how much was taken.
Witnesses said the men left the laundry and drove east on SR 54 in a blue pickup truck.
The gunman, who wore a white mask, was a 6-foot-tall black man with dark hair, dark eyes and a medium build. The second man was also a 6-foot-tall black man with a dark-colored baseball cap and a slightly larger build. Both men wore baggy, long-sleeved shirts or jackets.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ailisa Boyd at (813) 780-0050.
Vandalism investigated at archaeological site
LACOOCHEE _ Authorities are looking for the people who disturbed a Seminole War archaeological site along Trilby Road.
Christine Bell, a graduate student in archaeology with the University of South Florida, called sheriff's deputies to the site Wednesday morning after discovering it had been vandalized overnight.
The string-and-pipe grids, laid by archaeologists conducting the dig, had been ripped from the ground, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. Bicycle tracks and dog footprints ran across the areas being excavated, the report said.
A tarp and bucket used by the diggers were also taken, the report said.
The Seminole Historic Foundation is conducting the dig to recover artifacts from the Seminole Wars. Anyone with information about the incident may call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.
Car hits another stopped for cow crossing SR 52
DADE CITY _ One car rear-ended another when traffic stopped Thursday morning for a runaway cow on State Road 52.
Wanda Latimer, 37, of 36045 Lynan Farms Drive stopped near Happy Hill Road when she saw the cow wandering across the street, a Florida Highway Patrol report said.
Ricky Williams Jr., 23, of 18250 Gary Road came up behind Latimer but failed to stop in time, the report said. Williams' 1995 Toyota rammed Latimer's 1999 Ford, sending the Ford off the road and into a tree, the report said.
Latimer and her children, 2-year-old Jodee and 1-year-old Jenna, received minor injuries, the report said. All three were wearing their seat belts.
Williams was not injured, but he was cited for careless driving. The wandering cow's owner might also face charges, the report said.
Driver remains in serious condition after crash
LUTZ _ The passenger of a minivan that hit a fuel tanker Wednesday afternoon remained in serious condition Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
Atiya Nensey, 73, of 8932 Magnolia Chase Circle in Tampa was the passenger in a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan that tried to turn left from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard onto County Line Road about 4 p.m., a Florida Highway Patrol report said.
The minivan driver, Muhammadali A. Nensey, 76, turned in front of a tanker carrying about 500 gallons of diesel fuel. The 1979 Mack truck broadsided the minivan, sending the minivan spinning into a 2002 Toyota Corolla, the report said.
The Corolla's driver, Han-Yun Ho, 42, of Sarasota was not injured.
The tanker spilled some of its fuel, and a hazardous materials team from Tampa cleaned it up. The tanker driver, Gerald Frank Brda, 52, of Spring Hill received minor injuries, the report said.
Nensey and his wife were both taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. He was treated and released. Florida Highway Patrol cited Muhammadali Nensey with violation of right of way.
5-year-old girl in wreck listed in good condition
ZEPHYRHILLS _ A 5-year-old girl who was injured in a March 8 car accident has been upgraded to good condition at Tampa General Hospital.
Elizabeth Carr was riding home with her parents from a birthday party when their 1994 Ford Explorer veered off Interstate 4 in Tampa about 10 p.m., according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.
The crash killed Elizabeth's mother, 35-year-old nurse Cindy Carr of 2002 Paul Buchman Highway in Crystal Springs. The girl's father, Dwight Jenkins, 35, was also injured, but he was released this week from Tampa General.