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By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 6, 2002

Hernando deputies find car hijacked in Pasco

Hernando County sheriff's deputies recovered a car Thursday that was taken during a Christmas Eve carjacking in the Regency Park library parking lot, according to a Hernando deputy's report.

They found the 2000 Chevrolet Malibu on Thursday morning on Frances Street in Brooksville, the report states. It's the same one taken at gunpoint from a Port Richey teenager returning a book at the library, 9701 Little Road.

According to Pasco deputy reports, the Christmas Eve carjacking happened as follows:

About 6:30 p.m. the Ridgewood High School senior pulled into the library lot to return a book in the night drop slot.

A man approached him, pointed a silver handgun at him and told him to "get in the car and drive."

At gunpoint, he drove west on Embassy Boulevard, north on U.S. 19, east on County Line Road and west on Lancer Road. All the while, the carjacker asked him about his grades, where he went to school and if he had a bank card.

The carjacker told the 17-year-old that he would not be harmed if he followed directions.

On Lancer Road near Coats Road, the carjacker had him pull over, take out his wallet, which had $29 inside, and put it on the console.

Then the carjacker drove away.

The carjacker told the teenager that if he got caught, he knows where the boy goes to school and he would "get people to finish the job."

Pasco deputies continue to investigate the carjacking.

Two women are injured after car hits culvert, flips

HUDSON -- Two women were injured early Saturday morning in a one-car accident on U.S. 19, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

Janelle Irene Cline, 23, who has a Gainesville address but formerly lived in Hudson, was driving south in the left lane about 12:30 a.m. when she lost control of her 2000 Volkswagen, troopers said. Near Landmark Drive, the car hit barricades, ran off the west side of the road, hit a culvert and flipped.

Cline and her passenger, 22-year-old Krista Valinaggi of Hudson, were flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where they were both in good condition Saturday afternoon, a hospital spokesperson said.

Troopers continued Saturday to investigate the crash, which they said was alcohol related.

Deputies arrest driver in road rage incident

HUDSON -- A 59-year-old man was arrested Friday afternoon after deputies said he was involved in a road rage incident at Hicks Road and Hudson Avenue.

William Ray Hart of 14924 Old Dixie Highway faces charges of felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief, deputies said.

Hart told deputies that Anthony Hloska was driving dangerously, so he chased him 4 miles, threw a soda can at Hloska's truck and then tried to run him off the road, according to a deputy's report.

Witnesses said that after the accident, Hart used his 1994 Plymouth van to pin Hloska in his 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck by pushing his front end into the truck's driver door, the report states.

Hart posted $5,150 bail and was released Friday from county jail in Land O'Lakes.

Man accused of trying to grab deputy's weapon

SHADY HILLS -- A man was arrested Friday night after a deputy said the man tried to grab his gun.

Deputies responded about 10:30 p.m. to William Joseph Maxwell's house, 17911 Corpus Christi Drive, because Maxwell had threatened to kill himself, according to a deputy's report.

Maxwell started fighting with the deputy, the report states. He punched the deputy in the face and tried to grab his gun.

Maxwell faces a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer, deputies said.

He was treated and released from Spring Hill Regional Medical Center for injuries he suffered during the scuffle.

Then he was booked into county jail in Land O'Lakes, where he was being held Saturday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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