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Crash sends Riverview man, 76, to hospital

A 76-year-old man was critically injured after pulling out in front of a semitrailer truck, officials said.

Jesus Trujillo of Riverview was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer about 6 p.m. Tuesday when he attempted to make a left turn onto Boyette Road west of Balm Riverview Road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The truck was traveling west on Boyette Road and struck the Explorer, the Sheriff's Office said.

Trujillo was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he was in critical condition Thursday. The truck's driver, 68-year-old Robert Badger of Tampa, was not injured, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies arrest two in meth lab raid

PLANT CITY _ Deputies responding to a call about a possible home break-in arrested two men on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Michael Hart, 19, of Wesley Chapel and Timothy O'Neal, 26, of Tampa were taken into custody about 11 a.m. Wednesday after deputies arrived at a Sleepy Hollow Lane home near Plant City and noticed a chemical odor coming from a metal shed in the back of the property, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Members of the Special Investigations Bureau responded and found burned items used in making meth, the Sheriff's Office said. Detectives obtained a search warrant and called in the Drug Enforcement Administration's methamphetamine task force, deputies said. Materials and chemicals used to make meth were seized.

The men faces charges of with manufacturing methamphetamine. Hart remained in the county's Orient Road jail Thursday on $7,500 bail. O'Neal was held on $15,500 bail.

3 charged in November break-in, shooting

BALM _ Two men and a teenager are accused of breaking into a man's house in the middle of the night and shooting at him before he fled out a window.

Brian Turner, 26, was asleep when the three broke into his home around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 19, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. They confronted him, looking for money for drugs, before one of them fired three shots, deputies said. Turner fled out a window.

David Smith, 38, Julian Smith, 16, and Ernest Parker, 19, all of Riverview, were arrested this week. Deputies say David Smith fired the shots. All face charges of attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary, deputies said.

David Smith was in the county jail with no bail; Julian Smith's jail status was not available; and Parker was in the county jail on $27,500 bail.