Man finds grenade in van headed to junk pile

By Times Wires
Published March 2, 2007

BROOKSVILLE - A Hernando County man who was cleaning out a van that he had recently bought for scrap found a live hand grenade inside it Thursday.

Paul Wyatt said he found the grenade early Thursday and examined it briefly before setting it on the ground and calling the Hernando Sheriff's Office.

"When it didn't say 'Made in China,' I set it on the ground," Wyatt recalled.

A bomb demolition team and truck from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office was sent to Wyatt's house on Fulmar Road to pick up the grenade. It was destroyed later Thursday, said a Citrus sheriff's spokeswoman.

Hernando investigators are in the process of finding out where the grenade came from.


Devil Rays, city begin work on ballfields

TAMPA - The West Tampa Little League complex broke ground Thursday on a makeover courtesy of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the city of Tampa.

Work will include renovating the league's three fields, erecting a concession stand and installing a new bleacher roof.

The league will continue its spring season, scheduling games and practices around the renovation.

West Tampa has a storied history of producing professional baseball players and coaches, including Fred McGriff, Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella and Tino Martinez.

A Devil Rays spokesman said he didn't have an estimate of the project's cost.


Boy attacked by dog is in serious condition

PLANT CITY - Ian Keo, a 2-year-old boy who was bitten in the face and neck by a pit bull, improved to serious but stable condition in a local hospital Thursday, authorities said.

The boy suffered facial fractures, an eye injury and trauma to his head and neck. He had been airlifted to Tampa General Hospital the day before in critical condition.

The family dog that bit Ian was euthanized Thursday morning, as is standard practice for dogs that severely injure people, said Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services.