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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

Wreck injures four high school students

BROOKSVILLE -- Four teens on their way to Central High School were injured in an automobile crash Thursday.

Two were taken by helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, but neither was seriously injured, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Authorities identified the teens as: Christopher Taylor, 16; Gary Westlake, 17; Rebecca Morris, 15; and Melissa Morris, 17.

Sheriff's Lt. Joe Paez said Taylor apparently lost control of an Isuzu pickup truck on Star Road near Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Paez said the vehicle ran off the road and flipped at about 8 a.m.

By late Thursday, Westlake had been treated and released from St. Joseph's. Morris remained there but was in good condition.

The other teens were treated and released from Brooksville Regional Hospital, authorities said.

Taylor was charged with reckless driving, authorities said.

Fake hospice worker wanted in drug theft

SPRING HILL -- Sheriff's investigators are looking for a man who may be impersonating a hospice worker and stealing prescription medication.

Jose Moreno, 77, of Spring Hill told authorities on Wednesday that a man wearing white clothes knocked on his door at 5 p.m. Tuesday and said he was checking on hospice workers to make sure they were caring properly for patients.

Moreno told authorities his wife was under the care of Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

He said the man held a folder and looked official, so Moreno let him inside. He took the man to a bedroom where his wife slept. He said the man asked for a glass of water, so Moreno went to get one.

When he returned, the man was walking away. The man finished the glass of water and left, Moreno said.

Later, Moreno noticed that a bottle containing 15 oxycodone pills was missing from the bathroom counter top. He saved the glass and detectives dusted for prints.

Sheriff's Lt. Joe Paez urged all residents to demand identification from anyone asking to enter their homes. Call 754-6830.

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