Around the Region - Dec. 1

Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 7:55 a.m.


Crash leaves one dead, one injured

A crash in Dixie County left one person dead and another with minor injuries Saturday night.

William C. Hall Jr. was traveling north on U.S. 19 in a Chevy pick-up truck when a two door Hyundai attempted to cross the highway at Chavous Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Hall was unable to stop his truck in time and hit the right side of the Hyundai.

Hall, 27, suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai was pronounced dead at the scene. His name had not been released Sunday night pending notification of next of kin.

Megan Rolland


Woman dies in mobile home fire

DELEON SPRINGS Authorities say an 80-year-old woman died when her mobile home in DeLeon Springs caught fire.

Volusia County firefighters and deputies responded to the fire early Sunday morning and found Maxine Perry's mobile home engulfed in flames. After putting out the fire, rescue workers found the woman's body.

Officials are investigating the death and the cause of the blaze.

The Associated Press

Robber caught by putting down gun

Tampa A Tampa man suspected of armed robbery apparently forgot that the key to a successful armed robbery is hanging on to the gun.

Police say 42-year-old Jerome Haggins, armed with a pistol, entered a Tampa home Saturday night, ordered six men to the ground and demanded they give up their wallets and jewelry. He then forced them to take off their clothes and noticed that one of the men had not given up his bracelet.

Police say Haggins put his pistol on a table, walked over to the man and snatched the bracelet. But while Haggins was taking the bracelet, police say another victim grabbed the gun and pointed it at Haggins. The would-be victims held Haggins until police arrived.

Haggins faces multiple charges, including armed robbery. He was being held without bail set.

The Associated Press

Grandparents hold vigil for Caylee

ORLANDO The grandparents of a 3-year-old Central Florida girl who has been missing since June will hold a candlelight vigil.

The Kid Finders Network and George and Cindy Anthony, the grandparents of Caylee Anthony, hosted the event at the Eastside Baptist Church in Orlando Sunday evening.

The couple's daughter, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, has been charged with first-degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted of killing Caylee. She has pleaded not guilty.

The little girl was last seen on June 16, but her mother did not report her missing until July.

The toddler's body has not been recovered.

The Associated Press

Two killed, two injured in collision

CLERMONT Authorities say two people were killed and two others were injured when a car traveling in the wrong direction collided head-on with another vehicle in Lake County.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that a 32-year-old Groveland man was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of State Road 50 just after midnight Saturday. He collided with a car being driven by 19-year-old Heather Rogers. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Rogers' husband and sister, who were riding with her, were both injured in the crash and taken by helicopter to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Authorities are still investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The Associated Press

Boy drowns after car goes into canal

MIAMI Authorities say an 8-year-old boy drowned after his mother lost control of her car and drove into a South Miami-Dade canal.

Miami-Dade police say 31-year-old Lisa Hooshing was driving with her three children near Homestead Saturday when she suddenly became ill. As the car rolled toward the canal, Hooshing's 11-year-old daughter jumped out, but her two sons remained in the vehicle.

Several nearby residents rushed out to try to help the woman and two boys. Hooshing's 4-year-old son was pulled from the car, but no one could get to the woman or her older son.

Divers with Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue finally pulled them from the water and gave them CPR. They were taken to different hospitals. Police say Hooshing was in critical condition, but her son died.

The Associated Press

Police search for info on robbery

TAMARAC Authorities have increased the reward to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest of two men who violently robbed a Dunkin' Donuts, the second such incident in as many days in South Florida.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office says two armed suspects entered the Tamarac cafe Thursday evening, shot 57-year-old Kiem Huynh and stole cash from customers. Huynh is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

A day earlier, a group of men robbed a Dunkin' Donuts in Delray Beach. Police say they went through customers' pockets, cleaned out the store register and shot four people. A $5,000 reward has been offered in that case.

Anyone with information about the robberies can call Broward Crime Stoppers anonymously at 954-493-TIPS.

The Associated Press

Storms cause damage, outages

ORLANDO A line of storms has damaged homes and knocked out power in parts of Central Florida.

Florida Power & Light crews were working Sunday evening to restore power to more than 1,600 customers in Port Orange and Brevard County. About 1,600 Orlando Utilities Commission customers lost power.

The Associated Press

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