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Dateline Florida

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 10, 2007


AFTER UMPTEENTH ARREST, CAN'T THEY TAKE HIS KEYS?

Michael Wiley, Pasco County's armless, one-legged habitual traffic violator accused of eluding two police cruisers in a car chase Tuesday afternoon, was captured Wednesday morning. He was charged with fleeing to elude and habitually driving with a revoked license. Wiley, 40, has had his license suspended or revoked nearly 20 times in the past 20 years. Despite a childhood accident that cost him three limbs, he taught himself how to drive - though not to follow traffic laws. A tip led police to Wiley. In past arrests, Wiley was released from jail on little or no bail because judges felt sorry for him and jails had trouble meeting his needs. Not this time: A judge set bail at $500, 000.

Crist honors computer mentor

Henry "Hank" Gill's volunteering has helped 450 families get refurbished computers each year. He is chairman of Computer Mentors Group in Tampa, which helps inner-city youths become computer literate. This week, Gov. Charlie Crist recognized him as a "Point of Light" for exemplary volunteering. Gill served on Crist's Hillsborough campaign team.

Better luck next time, losers

A U.S. House committee has a message for some sore losers: Get over it. The House Administration Committee is recommending that the full chamber dismiss appeals by four losing congressional candidates. Three are in Florida: Democrat John Russell, who lost to Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville; Democrat Clint Curtis, who lost to Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo; and Democrat Frank Gonzalez, who lost to Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Miami. The committee said it will continue to investigate the close race between Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings.

Correction

Pam Hallock-Muller's last name was transposed in a May 4 story about the search for a dean for the USF St. Petersburg College of Marine Science.