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Armless traffic scofflaw hospitalized

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 26, 2007


NEW PORT RICHEY

At 13, Michael Francis Wiley lost two arms and his left leg in an electrical accident.

As an adult, he taught himself to drive - and now at age 40 is one of Pasco County's most notorious traffic scofflaws.

He's also supposed to be in jail. But Wiley's not there anymore. He didn't make Friday's court date, either.

He's in an undisclosed hospital, suffering from an infection and under 24-hour guard.

A judge ordered Wiley held without bail since his latest arrest May 9 for charges of fleeing to elude and habitually driving with a revoked license.

EAST LAKE

Pinellas drops plan for ballfields, water plant

Seven weeks after Pinellas County Administrator Steve Spratt suggested that a water-blending plant site in the Brooker Creek Preserve might also be used for ballfields, the county has dropped the notion.

The reason: The County Commission signaled this week that it backs a plant plan leaving no room for ballfields at the 46-acre Trinity Boulevard site.

As a result, the county has withdrawn a request to change the site's land use designation so that ballfields might be allowed alongside a water blending plant, officials said Thursday.

BROOKSVILLE

Longtime police chief severs ties with city

The Ed Tincher era has now officially ended at the Brooksville Police Department.

The longtime police chief late Friday delivered to City Hall a signed copy of the severance agreement extended to him by the City Council earlier this week.

He has been on unpaid leave for the past several months as the city ordered an independent investigation into misconduct charges.

Under the agreement, Tincher will continue on unpaid leave through the end of 2007 but will have no authority or involvement with the department.

WEEKI WACHEE

Issues found by audit go uncorrected by city

Two years later, the city of Weeki Wachee still has not made a host of changes deemed necessary by the Florida Auditor General's Office.

A follow-up report recently released by the agency shows that, among other issues, the City of Mermaids still does not properly record payroll and City Commission meetings - if they were held at all - or submit timely annual audits required by law.

The follow-up review was completed in February to determine the city's progress. Of the 20 findings in the 2005 report, the city has adequately addressed only two.