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STEPSON THROWN FROM TRUCK, ANOTHER JAILED

Published Jun. 24, 2011

BROOKSVILLE

Shortly before dusk Tuesday, Anthony Laviano and his stepson Troy Cornwell stopped to check on Laviano's medical clinic on Cortez Boulevard.

Soon, Cornwell would lay bleeding and bruised on the street and Laviano's other stepson would be crawling out of a flipped truck on the side of the road.

The trouble started when Laviano of Weeki Wachee and Cornwell, 22, were leaving the Care One of Florida office in Brooksville.

Arrest reports say the pair noticed Laviano's other stepson, 19-year-old Trey Cornwell of Spring Hill, in Laviano's car attempting to steal his wallet.

Caught in the act, Trey bolted to his waiting truck but not before Troy took off after him, deputies say. Unable to keep his brother from taking the wheel, Troy leaped into the bed.

Seemingly determined to escape into the night with the wallet, reports say Trey began driving erratically in order to throw Troy from the truck bed. Driving in circles couldn't do the trick.

Trey hit Kadri Boulevard and began repeatedly speeding up and slamming on the brakes, but Troy remained in the bed.

Reports say Trey finally ditched his cargo by hanging a sharp right turn that ejected his brother from the truck. Troy was sent to Oak Hill Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

The maneuver that helped him elude his brother didn't help Trey escape the clutches of physics as deputies say he flipped his truck.

He was being held Wednesday at the Hernando County Jail on $12,000 bail.

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SPRING HILL

Woman accused of ramming other car

A Spring Hill woman is accused of ramming her car three times into another woman's vehicle after the two argued at a bar.

Erika Lorraine Mullings, 29, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, providing false information to a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence.

She is being held at the Hernando County Detention Center on $6,000 bail.

About 2 a.m. Thursday, authorities say, Mullings and Katherine Chard were in an argument at the Pickled Parrot in Spring Hill. When Chard left, Mullings followed her east on Northcliffe Boulevard.

Mullings pulled next to Chard at a stoplight where the two continued arguing, according to a report.

When the light turned green, Mullings swerved into the other lane and rammed her 1995 Mazda into Chard's vehicle. Twice more, investigators say, Mullings slammed into Chard's car, pushing her off the road.

Later, when a Hernando County deputy interviewed Mullings, investigators say she lied about her name and tried to cover the damage on her vehicle.