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Palm Harbor pedestrian injured after struck by car

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 22, 2000

PALM HARBOR -- A 48-year-old pedestrian was critically injured Tuesday evening when he was hit by a car in the Eniswood subdivision of Palm Harbor, authorities said.

The accident occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. at Eniswood Parkway and Enisgrove Drive, just east of Alt. U.S. 19.

The man apparently was crossing a street when he was hit, said Palm Harbor Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kristy Patterson. He suffered multiple skull fractures and was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center.

USF, HCC will join forces to recruit foreign students

TAMPA -- The University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College are linking marketing and recruitment resources in an effort to attract more foreign students.

At a news conference Tuesday, leaders of the two schools said the goal is to help high-quality foreign students who now are turned away because they haven't taken all the high school courses or standardized tests required for admission to a Florida university.

USF officials say about 200 foreign students are denied admission every year for those reasons. Most would, however, qualify for entrance to HCC, which has less stringent requirements.

Since any student who completes a two-year associate degree can be automatically admitted to USF, officials said that route makes more sense for many foreign students.

That's where the marketing come in. By joining efforts, officials said, the two schools should be able to reach additional students, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fishing captain receives prison for use of longlines

A local commercial-fishing captain will serve two years in prison for using drifting longlines -- hundreds of baited hooks on 4-mile fishing lines -- in a part of the Gulf of Mexico where longlines are banned.

The captain, 39-year-old William Lee Dehmer of St. Petersburg, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison without parole, to be followed by three years of supervised release, said U.S. Attorney Donna Bucella.

Dehmer was found guilty by a federal jury after a three-day jury trial in January in Tampa.

Settlement stops trial over cyclist's head injuries

TAMPA -- A $5.25-million settlement brought a halt Tuesday to a trial over head injuries suffered by a 19-year-old motorcyclist.

Robert D. Bennett sustained what his attorneys termed a moderate brain injury in 1997 when a car driven by Tommie Eugene Jochumsen, 71, of Tampa, made a left turn in front of his motorcycle and they collided in front of University Mall. Bennett sued Jochumsen and his wife Pansey, 69.

But during expert testimony Tuesday that shifted blame away from a helmet worn by Bennett, the parties agreed to settle.

Bennett now lives with his father in Ohio, requiring regular assistance, said his attorneys, who welcomed the settlement. "He will be receiving $8,000 a month for life to support him," said one of his attorneys, Dale Swope of Tampa. He said Bennett's reaction to the settlement was "great relief."

The settlement was paid by Hartford Insurance Co., which had written the policy carried by the Jochumsens. Tommie Jochumsen was cited for an improper left turn in the wreck. Attorneys for Hartford declined to comment.

Hernando drops voter say on tax break for seniors

BROOKSVILLE -- In the waning moments of its nine-hour meeting Tuesday, the County Commission ended its plans to let voters decide whether to grant seniors an additional homestead exemption.

It had directed the county's legal staff to draft the referendum about six weeks earlier.

Commissioner Nancy Robinson waged a lonely battle against the action, arguing that residents should have a say -- if not on the homestead issue, at least on the motion to stop drawing up the ballot question.

The item was not specifically listed on Tuesday's agenda. Instead, the matter came up during "commissioners' time," when individual board members can discuss whatever they choose.

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