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    By Times staff writers

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 23, 2001

    Man killed trying to cross U.S. 41

    GIBSONTON -- A 41-year-old Ruskin man was struck and killed Friday night trying to cross U.S. 41.

    Isaias Vasquez of 3441 14th Ave. SE had been at the Tropicana Bar on U.S. 41 S and was hit as he walked across the road about 10:30 p.m., said sheriff's Lt. Harold Winsett.

    He was struck by Johnnie Odell, 60, also of Ruskin. No charges were filed.

    Woman accused of stabbing husband to death

    TAMPA -- A 47-year-old Tampa man was stabbed to death early Saturday by his wife, police said.

    Authorities found Samuel Hurst dead from several stab wounds about 1:10 a.m. at his home at 4201 N Nebraska Ave., Apt. 4. Police had been called to the home because of a disturbance.

    His wife, Uteena Hurst, 46, was arrested on first-degree murder charges. She was being held Saturday without bail at the Orient Road Jail.

    2 black bear cubs hit, killed by car

    SPRING HILL -- The fragile population of the black bear in coastal Hernando and Citrus counties became even more precarious after two male cubs were killed Friday night, apparently hit by a car while trying to cross Osowaw Boulevard.

    Motorists discovered the two dead cubs lying in the middle of the road on Osowaw just west of Forest Glen about 7:45 Friday night, said Niki Everitt, a bear hotline coordinator with the Gulf Coast Conservancy.

    After she learned of the accident, Everitt called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, whose officials said they turned over the incident to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    The deaths are devastating, she said, because the two were possibly the only cubs in the area belonging to an imperiled group of black bears that live between Aripeka and Chassahowitzka.

    The two killed Friday were apparently trying to cross Osowaw from West Hernando Christian School property into the Weekiwachee Preserve, Everitt said.

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