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    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2001


    Investigators search for accident's cause

    LARGO -- Florida Highway Patrol troopers had not determined Friday who was at fault in a Thursday afternoon school bus crash.

    The bus was driven by Nevel E. Parks, 54, of 3427 21st St. N, St. Petersburg, who was turning left from northbound Indian Rocks Road onto Oakwood Drive when the crash occurred, authorities say. The 1986 International bus, with 27 students aboard, was hit by a 1993 Dodge driven by Ignacio Mercado, 24, of 3595 Gardenia Place, No. 6, Largo, troopers said.

    Mercado and his passengers, Estaban Cortez, 50, of 600 40th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, and Maria D. Cortez, 22, of 1000 70th St. N, were transported to local hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said. Three students on the bus also were taken to local hospitals for aches and pains. Troopers said they still are investigating.

    Car dealer charged with stealing sales taxes

    PINELLAS PARK -- The owner of Scotty's Quality Cars on Park Boulevard was arrested Friday and charged with stealing more than $110,816 in sales tax.

    Harry R. Ryckman, 49, of Seminole collected sales tax in 1999 and 2000 but didn't osend the money to the state, according to the state Department of Revenue.

    Ryckman agreed to repay the tax but wrote worthless checks, which led to the felony criminal charges, investigators said. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bond.

    Wife of late savings and loan chairman dies

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Nancy Greene, wife of the late chairman of Florida Federal Savings and Loan Association, died Friday at Edward White Hospital at age 75.

    Mrs. Greene was being treated for complications from carbon monoxide poisoning after an accident March 19 at her St. Petersburg home, said her son, Raleigh "Lee" Greene III. She pulled into the garage and did not turn off the ignition, he said.

    Mrs. Greene's husband, Raleigh W. Greene Jr., was a longtime leader in business, political, civic and legal affairs on state and national levels. They settled in St. Petersburg in 1950. Survivors include three sons, Raleigh "Lee" III, Michael, and Mark,; two daughters, Patricia "Patty" Ann Butler and Mary Greene; and eight grandchildren.

    Funeral services are being planned with John S. Rhodes Inc. in St. Petersburg.

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