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Police reports

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 11, 2001

Man in critical condition after jumping into traffic

BROOKSVILLE -- A Brooksville man was in critical condition Monday after police and witnesses say he jumped in front of traffic on Fort Dade Avenue and was hit by a Jeep.

Henry Palmer, 33, was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after he jumped into traffic, arms thrown in the air, and was hit by a Jeep Wagoneer driven by Joshua Langley of Brooksville. Langley was driving west on Fort Dade Avenue just east of Estates Avenue about 5:30 p.m. when Palmer jumped from the south side of the road into the path of his Jeep, which was driving about 20 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, Langley and witnesses said.

"One minute he was on the side of the road and the next he was in front of my vehicle," Langley said.

Friends told police the man was intoxicated and suicidal, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper E.G. Perdue said.

Donna Russo of Brooksville was driving east when she saw Palmer jump into the road.

"I never, so help me God, saw anything like it," she said. "Thank God it was this guy (Langley, who hit Palmer) because I wouldn't have been able to handle it."

Witnesses said Palmer suffered head trauma from the accident, which propelled him across the road.

Burglary suspect accused of taking woman's things

SPRING HILL -- A Dunnellon man was charged with burglary after police say he broke into a woman's house and stole her underwear, clothing and jewelry.

David Lee Orens, 39, was arrested and held at Hernando County jail Monday and faces charges of burglary of a dwelling. Police connected him to a break-in of a home in Spring Hill on Aug. 18. His bail was set at $5,000.

Orens is accused of entering the Collins Road home through an unlocked back door, a Sheriff's Office report said. Orens then took the woman's underwear, pants, skirts, shoes, a ring and a gold pendant, the report said.

The report added that Orens told police during questioning that he committed the theft. They found Orens after neighbors provided partial descriptions of the suspect, his vehicle and license plate. He told police he threw the items in a garbage bin.

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