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Girl dragged by car in medically induced coma

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 5, 2007


NEW PORT RICHEY

The 12-year-old girl who was hit by a car on Wednesday suffered brain swelling and has been placed in a medically induced coma, according to family friend Kim George. The coma will help reduce the swelling in Alyssa Tippett's brain while she recovers in the intensive care unit at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Alyssa, a seventh-grader at Chasco Middle School, was walking on the sidewalk along Bramblewood Drive about 4 p.m. Wednesday when Jose Martinez veered off the road and hit her. She was dragged up a driveway and trapped under the car's muffler. One of the neighbors who helped rescue her, Dawn Hoffman, has started the Alyssa Tippett Fund at Bank of America. The fund will pay for Alyssa's medical expenses. Donations may be made at any Bank of America branch.

Charges dropped in death of baby

Karma Brown died early last December, two months after she was born, and her mother, Jamie Dixon, was arrested and charged with child neglect. It appeared she had fallen asleep and rolled over on top of Karma. According to a sheriff's report, Dixon, then 20, admitted to snorting crushed OxyContin and smoking marijuana the day her daughter died. But now the State Attorney's Office has dropped the charges against Dixon. "Legally, we couldn't prove the case, " said division director Mike Halkitis. He said test results showed Dixon had not been abusing drugs, and instead of criminal neglect, it was simply a tragic accident.

TRINITY

Bar is in the swim of things at last

The Alli-Gators have finally found water. The bar and grill on Little Road, just north of State Road 54, opened for business Friday night after Aloha Utilities installed a water meter, said owner Warren Dunphy, who also owns the Alli-Gators on Ridge Road in Port Richey. Opening day had been delayed a month amid a dispute between Dunphy and Aloha over the money he has to pay for a reclaimed water line. Dunphy went ahead and put up a $300, 000 letter of credit saying he'd build the line, and attorneys on both sides worked out an agreement this week.

COUNTYWIDE

Care for uninsured passes Legislature

The Legislature approved a $3.5-million program Friday to expand health clinic service networks for those with little or no insurance, including people in Pasco County. The bill, which needs Gov. Charlie Crist's approval, gives Pasco $500, 000 for its Primary Care Access Network, which will be used by Premier Community HealthCare Group to run the clinics, said state Sen. Mike Fasano, a bill sponsor and chairman of the Pasco care network.