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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published July 1, 2001


    Jeep strikes and kills pedestrian on Ulmerton

    LARGO -- A pedestrian was killed Friday night when he was hit by a car at Ulmerton Road and Rodgers Avenue, police said.

    The pedestrian's name was not released Saturday because police were still trying to notify his next of kin. The man was crossing Ulmerton about 9:15 p.m. Friday and was hit by an eastbound Jeep driven by Ryan Wagoner, 20, police said.

    No charges were filed. The accident is under investigation.

    Man accused of stabbing another at nursing home

    CLEARWATER -- A 77-year-old man stabbed an 83-year-old man at a nursing home Friday night, police said.

    Both men lived at Sunshine Manor at 701 S Madison Ave., where the stabbing occurred about 10 p.m., according to Clearwater police.

    Sam Dieckman, 83, was stabbed in the abdomen and was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition Saturday.

    Norman A. Bannister, 77, was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

    He was held Saturday at the Pinellas County Jail. Bail had not been set.

    Deputy superintendent not a finalist in Lee County

    Hernando County school Superintendent John Sanders has been named one of two finalists for the Lee County school superintendent's job.

    Not named a finalist was John Stewart, deputy superintendent for Pinellas County schools. Stewart was previously named one of four semifinalists for the position.

    Sanders beat out more than 50 other initial candidates to become a finalist. The other finalist is John Noennig, superintendent of schools in Rochester, Minn.

    Stewart has served as deputy commissioner of education under former education commissioner Tom Gallagher and was elected three times as the Polk County superintendent.

    Afternoon thunderstorm causes damage in Pasco

    DADE CITY -- A Saturday afternoon thunderstorm dropped heavy rain and toppled trees and power lines in northeast Pasco County, leaving some residents without power for at least a couple of hours.

    The brief burst of bad weather hit about 4:45 p.m., Dade City police dispatchers said.

    One San Antonio house lost part of its roof, and dozens of trees were downed, Pasco County Fire Rescue officials said.

    "You can look around and see the trees," said battalion chief Rick Caravona of Pasco County Fire Rescue. "You're looking at a lot of wind damage."

    There were reports that a large tree, possibly 4-feet in diameter, fell near Curley Road in San Antonio.

    Also, lightning from the storm is believed to have started a small brush fire near San Antonio, Caravona said. Firefighters expected to put out that blaze with little trouble.

    Less than 10 miles from the damage, Zephyrhills Fire Department dispatchers said they saw none of the wind gusts and rain that hit their northerly neighbor. It only drizzled in Zephyrhills, they said.

    Two-truck crash kills one, injures two others

    WIMAUMA -- A man died and two others were hurt Saturday in a two-truck accident along County Road 672 and McGrady Road in Wimauma, sheriff's officials said.

    Jason R. Skinner was driving west on County Road 672 in a pickup about 11 a.m. when he slowed down to make a left turn and was struck by a dump truck trying to pass him. The trucks ran off the road into a ditch, where the dump truck landed on top of the pickup.

    One of the three passengers in the pickup was killed in the crash. Authorities did not release his name because his relatives had not been notified.

    Skinner, 25, of Seffner was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon. The other passenger, Marty J. Boatwright, 37, also of Seffner, was listed in fair condition.

    The driver of the dump truck, Trevor L. Ender, 49, of Thonotosassa was treated for cuts and scratches at the scene.

    The investigation was continuing.

    Woman seriously hurt when husband hits sign

    CARROLLWOOD -- A woman was seriously injured Saturday when her husband lost control of their car and slammed into a sign along Dale Mabry Highway near their home, authorities said.

    Louis Berkeley, 89, of Greenfield Drive in Carrollwood was driving north on Dale Mabry at about noon Saturday when he swerved to the right, hitting a large sign for an insurance company on the northeast corner of Handy Road, witnesses told sheriff's deputies. The impact caused his wife, 90-year-old Madeline Berkeley, to hit the windshield. She was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon. She was not wearing a seat belt, sheriff's officials said.

    Louis Berkeley was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was listed in good condition. Deputies were not sure if he had a seat belt on.

    Crash near Skyway bridge leaves one dead, two hurt

    One person was killed and two were injured Friday night in a four-car crash in Manatee County near the Sunshine Skyway.

    Glenn Robert Hood, 59, of Sarasota was killed when the driver of the 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck he was riding in skidded on wet pavement into the path of three cars.

    The truck was driven by Mark Paul Hood, 33, of Osprey, who suffered minor injuries and was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Officials did not say if the men were related.

    The accident occurred during a rainstorm about 6:15 p.m. as Mark Hood was traveling north on I-275, approaching the Sunshine Skyway. He skidded, and his truck spun counterclockwise and crossed the grassy median into the southbound lane.

    There, he struck a 2001 Ford Expedition driven by Daniel T. O'Brian, 49, of Parrish. O'Brian suffered serious injuries and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

    Mark Hood's truck continued spinning, hitting a 1994 Land Rover driven by Pola H. Harris-Moore, 52, of Bradenton. Flying debris from the initial collision struck a 1987 Honda driven by Sammy Ray Dudley, 55, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Neither Moore, Dudley, nor Dudley's passenger, Carol Ann Dudley, 56, was injured.

    Charges are pending in the accident, which caused $50,500 damage. All six people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts.

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