A bicyclist was killed Monday afternoon when a car wandered onto the paved shoulder of State Road 39 and struck him from behind, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Authorities said they have not identified the cyclist. Troopers said he was traveling south in the outside shoulder when a Toyota Corolla driven by 70-year-old Sherry Lee Brant of Plant City hit him. He died at the scene. The crash, which occurred north of Trapnell Road, remained under investigation.
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Three guilty in vast drug operation
A federal jury has convicted three people, including a Tampa pharmacist, of crimes related to a drug conspiracy that sent millions of dollars worth of prescription painkillers to all 50 states, a U.S. attorney says. Pharmacist Vinesh Darji of Tampa was among a trio of professionals convicted in Ohio last week on conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, said a statement from Steven M. Dettelbach, the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Ohio. Darji, 42, was convicted on an additional nine counts of unlawful dispensing of hydrocodone. The case stems from the guilty plea last year of 42-year-old James Hazelwood of Georgia, whose company distributed painkillers to drug users without medical reasons.
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Seminole Heights' old library to fall
The Seminole Heights Branch Library is being torn down today to make way for a new, expanded one. The branch at 4711 Central Ave. closed Oct. 31. A new, 22,000-square-foot library - about three times the current size - will include a community room, more public computers, a children's department, a teen room and more parking, among other improvements. The nearly $3.9 million project is expected to be complete in late 2013.
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Baby found in yard with a dope pipe
A 21-year-old woman was arrested Friday after leaving a 9-month-old child alone in a yard in a toy car with a broken glass drug pipe in the child's pocket, authorities said. A neighbor found the child and called 911 on Nov. 7. An officer waited for "several hours" for Katherine Jean Selvage to return to the Dade City house, but she never returned, a Dade City Police report says. The report says Selvage was located and arrested Friday - nine days after the child was left behind. She faces a charge of child neglect, as well as an unrelated charge of false verification of ownership. Selvage, of 13602 23rd St. in Dade City, was held Monday in Pasco County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.