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Woman tells deputy lover tried to kill her

Pasco County sheriff's deputies were investigating an abduction Sunday in which a woman with duct tape around her waist stopped a deputy and said her boyfriend threatened to kill her.

At about 7 p.m. a deputy working extra duty detail at Sun West Mines on Old Dixie Highway in Aripeka noticed a truck driving slowly by him.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a woman jumped out of the truck and ran to the deputy. She had been beaten and he noticed duct tape around her waist. The woman said her boyfriend abducted her and said he was going to kill her.

The suspect got out of the truck. The deputy drew his gun and took the suspect in custody. Neither the victim's nor the suspect's name was released by the Sheriff's Office Sunday evening.

The victim and the suspect are both in their 30s and live at separate addresses in Hernando County. A spokesman said the suspect will probably be charged with false imprisonment and battery and may face other charges.


Sandhill crane found with its legs broken

One neighborhood is becoming infamous for violence against revered sandhill cranes.

This month, a sandhill crane with its legs broken and one foot twisted off was found near a construction site just north of the Hillsborough-Pasco county line. That comes after the discovery of two injured birds last year - one with a nail in its head apparently fired from a nail gun, the other with a cord as a noose around its neck.

Emergency veterinarian Michele Lentovich, who treated two of the birds, called the injuries "the result of deliberate acts of mutilation."

Lentovich said the crane found this month had to be euthanized but the others were treated and released.

Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said sandhill cranes are a species of special concern, and those who harass or injure them can get stiff penalties.

Times staff, wires