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Published Jul. 31, 2007


A single-car crash caused two people to be hospitalized and cut power in a neighborhood Sunday. The sedan was headed west on State Road 54 when it struck and broke a power pole about 4:30 p.m. near the Mill Pond community near Old County Road 54. The passenger in the car, John Bekesh, 50, was flown by emergency helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, the Florida Highway Patrol said. His condition was not immediately available Sunday evening. Driver Diane Bekesh, 45, was in good condition at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in Clearwater. The cause of the crash was under investigation, the Highway Patrol said.


Husband accused of machete attack

A man struck his wife with the flat side of a 30-inch machete, leading to aggravated assault and domestic battery felony charges, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Gregorio Torres Jaral, 40, was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on Sunday in lieu of $6,000 bail. Jaral's wife, Eva, told police her husband swung a machete into the ground in her direction late Saturday, saying, "I should kill you." Then he struck her in the hip with the flat side as his sons watched, according to a Sheriff's Office report. There were indications the husband had been drinking alcohol, the report said.


School Board holds budget hearings

The Pinellas County School Board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district administration building, 301 Fourth St. SW, Largo. Newly appointed administrators will be introduced, and a public hearing about the 2007-08 budget will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to speak can do so by filling out a form at or before the meeting. The meeting will be televised at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays for two weeks following the meeting date. All broadcasts are shown on WPDS-Ch. 14, which also appears on Knology Ch. 14 and Bright House Networks Ch. 14.

St. Petersburg

Kids Fish-a-Thon will be Saturday

The 59th annual Fish-a-Thon for kids is Saturday at Lake Jorgensen, behind the Main Library at 37th Street and Ninth Avenue N. The event honors Dennis Crenshaw, a former high school teacher and advocate for youth outdoor activities. It starts at 9 a.m. and is open to kids 3 to 12. Final judging is at 11:15 a.m. Cane poles and live bait will be provided. Personal fishing equipment is not allowed. Free. Call 893-7441.