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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

Boy, 7, hospitalized with snake bite

HOMOSASSA -- A 7-year-old boy had to be flown out of Citrus County for emergency medical attention after he was bitten on the hand by a poisonous snake while playing in a neighbor's yard. Corey Allen of 7775 W Drover St., Homosassa, was initially taken to Seven Rivers Community Hospital. But he was flown to another hospital because Seven Rivers was not equipped to handle the bite, said Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Ronda Hemminger Evan. Evan said the bite was considered life threatening, but she did not have a report on the boy's condition and did not know to which hospital he was flown. An attempt to reach the child's family was not successful. According to a Sheriff's Office report, the child's father said his son was playing across the street beneath the deck of an above-ground pool when he spotted what he thought was a toy snake. He reached down to grab it and the snake bit him. Emergency workers captured the snake, which they believe to be a water moccasin.

Crystal River Primary PTA meeting set

CRYSTAL RIVER -- Crystal River Primary School will hold a PTA meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. The walk-a-thon, Crystal River Christmas Parade, and the Christmas Shop will be discussed. Child care and refreshments will be provided. A scrapbooking class, instructed by Tammy Hitchcock, will precede the meeting.

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