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Crash on U.S. 19 kills Zephyrhills woman

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2000

HUDSON -- A one-car crash on U.S. 19 left a Zephyrhills woman dead Wednesday, according to The Florida Highway Patrol. The 11:30 a.m. crash happened near County Line Road, officers said. A car driven by William Burton Sr. of Hudson was going north on U.S. 19 when it veered off the road, spun around and landed in the southbound lane. Passenger Gloria Austin of Zephyrhills was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital, where she died, officers said. Austin's age and address were unavailable Wednesday night. The incident is under investigation.

Boil-water notice for Port Richey may be lifted

PORT RICHEY -- Preliminary tests on Port Richey's water have found no problems after Monday's water main break, and the city asked health officials Wednesday to lift the boil-water notice, the city manager said. Vince Lupo said the city would be notified by the Florida Department of Health's Pasco County office if the boil-water notice is lifted after final test results are returned this morning. Port Richey water customers north of the Pithlachascotee River were put on notice Monday night after demolition crews at the Towne Centre mall hit a large water main. Officials have said the contamination risk was low because there were no sewer lines nearby. The boil-water notice was only a precaution, Lupo said.

Scalded boy's condition improves

The condition of a Hudson toddler who was severely burned last week when he pulled a pot of boiling water off his mother's stove is improving. Jason Alan Thomas, 2, was flown by private jet to the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital on April 25. A hospital spokeswoman said doctors cut away some of the boy's burned skin and replaced it with some of his own unburned skin. Jason is in serious condition, said the spokeswoman, and is scheduled for more surgery this week. The burns cover 52 percent of Jason's body, including his hands, face, chest and legs. His mother was boiling the water to cook Easter eggs, according to a police report.

New rules for homes on coast closer to reality

Building codes requiring storm protection clear the Senate and are expected to be approved by the House today. SECTION A

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