Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on May 19, 1981 · 31
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Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida · 31

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Tuesday, May 19, 1981
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t. pptprsburo aimrs Partly Cloudy V Brooksville f High near 90. Low near 70. S winds 1 5-20 mph. Hernando Beach O Y Weeki Wachea Ridge Manor j EDITION BROOKSVILLE - ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. TUESDAY, MAY 19. 1981 r Masaryktown Accidents puzzle DOT officials Fw, r tSDnnaMill By OIANNE STALLINGS Hernando Timet Staff Writer BROOKSVILLE State transportation officials admit they are puzzled by the repeated occurrence of traffic accidents at the intersection of State Road 50 and U.S. 301, but they contend the site does not warrant a traffic signal. "The accident experience at this location is a concern, but (the required criteria for a traffic signal) has not been met because of the low traffic volumes," A. G. Schroder wrote in a letter received Monday by the Hernando County Commission. Schroder is the deputy state traffic opera tions engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). He wrote the letter to DOT District Engineer C. W. Monte DeOca. The Hernando County Commission was dissatisfied with an earlier decision by the district engineer's Bartow office. It was decided that a signal was not warranted, and the commission requested a second look. THE DISTRICT referred the question to the Florida Traffic Operations Engineer's office, which came to the same conclusion. "The situation is somewhat baffling because accident records indicate drivers are stopping at the stop- controlled approaches (on SR 50) and then pulling out in front of high-speed traffic on the uncontrolled approaches (on U.S. 301)," Schroder wrote. Traffic on U.S. 301 may be traveling much faster than the drivers on the stop approaches believe, he speculated. If so, increased enforcement of the 45-mph speed limit may result in less accidents, he said. Another contributing factor may be that drivers have difficulty in determining their relative positions within the intersection areas with respect to traffic-flow channel islands. Schroder recommended that all center, edge and stop lines and islands be maintained so that drivers can easily see them. AS TRAFFIC increases, a signal may be considered again. But there is concern that a light at that location will create the potential for high-speed rear-end collisions involving trucks, Schroder said. The department will keep the intersection under surveillance to determine if improvements in signs, markings and visibility have any effect on the number of accidents. See 301, Page 8 ' 1 - a mow - - . J Qc 2&Y V?W . .... ryfKyy " " n . tr mil i. Cayse off deatilh) sAili (uumkiiDOwoi in cair IF Sire By DERALD EVERHART Hernando Timet Staff Writer mm rJfih. V, -.7 N ' ; A .... . . Scouts display skills at Wagon Wheel Derby About 1 50 boys from 1 1 troops between Clearwater and Hudson participated in the Wagon Wheel Derby over the weekend, sponsored by the Twin Rivers District of the West Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The competition was conducted at the 1 ,287-acre scout camp off State Road 50 W in Hernando County, which opened in June 1 980, Camp Ranger Stanley Krzyzanowski said. The events included flagpole building, constructing a miniature covered wagon, flycasting and physical fitness exercises, such as climbing rope ladders. Gary Burns and Craig Grismon (right) of Troop 76, Pasco County, map their course for the day, while Corky Burton (left) builds a rope ladder. The highlight of tent-raising was the work of Troop 76 (above). Scouts from all over the country utilize the campground, donated by the late Larry DiePolder. BROOKSVILLE Three days after an assistant state attorney confirmed the identification of the two people found May 9 in a burning car on Stafford Avenue, Brooksville police said Monday that it is still unknown how Dori Colyer and Ricky Merrill died. "We're waiting for information from other agencies and we have to wait for their determination," Police Chief Ron Novy said during a press conference Monday. Novy would not say what caused the fire or whether the two were alive when the fire started. "Until the agencies come back with their results we're not going to comment on that," he said. ON FRIDAY, Assistant State Attorney Jimmy Brown told The Times that positive identification might be impossible because of the fire damage to the bodies. But three people had identifed the jewerly the two were last seen wearing, and other factors, such as the height and weight of the bodies, helped in the identification process. Merrill, 24, and Miss Colyer, 20, were found in a burning 1979 Chevrolet El Camino about a half-mile from the center of Brooksville. Witnesses told police and family members that the two were last seen about 1 a.m. Saturday when they left the Hilltop Lounge together. They told friends they would be back in 30 minutes, but they never returned. The burning car was found about 2:30 a.m. backed into a vacant lot near a deserted shack on Stafford Avenue by a passing motorist who reported it to the Brooksville Fire Department. Investigators discovered two syringes outside the car and have speculated the deaths may have been drug-related. NOVY SAID official confirmation of the identities of the bodies came early Monday from the forensic dentist in Tampa who positively identifed Merrill's body through dental records supplied last week by the family. Miss Colyer's body, too badly burned to be identifed through dental records, was identified through her medical records and jewerly found on her body, he said. Neither victim was strapped in the car with seat belts, he said. "We are satisfied (that the bodies are Merrill and Miss Colyer)," Novy said, adding that the families were notified Monday morning of the offical results. Although the bodies had not been turned over to family members, memorial services for both Merrill and Miss Colyer were conducted separately Saturday and Sunday by the families. Novy said he did not know when his department would have the answers regarding the deaths. He said that the investigation is being delayed by his department's reliance on the technical expertise of outside agencies. Swanson's home has 90-day wait on licensing decision By DIANNE STALLINGS Hernando Time Staff Writer Hernando Tlm.t OLIf STONE ROOK BROOKSVILLE The clients of Swanson's Guest Home, which has been cited for sanitary violations and operating without a state license, do not have to worry about rushing out to find a new facility. The State Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) will exercise its 90-day waiting period before deciding whether to issue a license to Swanson's in view of its failure to pass an inspection Thursday by the Hernando County Health Department. HRS official Carol Laxton, speaking from her office in Gainesville Monday, said home owner John Reheiser submitted an application for licensing April 20. Rather than move to close the home, the department is hoping that between now and July 20 Reheiser will make the improvements necessary to pass a local health Inspection. The home on State Road 50 W is an adult congregate living facility. THE SANITARY problems cited by ""nvironmental Health Director Ron But ler last month, which were the basis for the state to previously withhold a license, have been corrected, she said. But new violations have "cropped up," she added. Barring any extreme sanitary problem, "it is our aim to bring the facility into compliance since there are a limited number available and we will work with them not to close them down," Mrs. Lax-ton said. However, the County Commission also gave Reheiser a deadline for compliance and to obtain a license. That deadline was last Thursday. If the commission decides to proceed with legal action to close the home, it will require a court hearing, giving time for clients to relocate, Butler noted. His report is expected to be presented to the commission during its meeting today. "(REHEISER) HAS DONE a lot of cleaning and it is much better as far as the overall picture, but as long as they have that extra (state unapproved) trailer with ... (a client) . . . residing in it, I won't recommend them," Butler said. Two new violations, a roach infestation and plumbing problems, were cited in Butler's inspection Thursday. Commissioners consider parks board disestablishment today By DIANNE STALLINGS Hernando Time Staff Writer BROOKSVILLE A recommendation to abolish the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Board will be considered by the County Commission today. County Administrator James C. Cummings made the recommendation "because (the board) no longer serves in the same functional capacity as before due to the new administrative structure of the county." Cummings became the county's first administrator in March, The move was inevitable, board member Bennie Rivenbark told The Timet Monday. "Now that the county has an administrator, he can be aware of the daily operation with (Parks Director) Pat Fagan. He (ragan) is very capable, Rivenbark said. "We had no power other than advisory and when decisions came up, board members were scattered all over the county. They (Cummings and Fagan) are in the same place " he said. The three members of the five-member board who attended a regular meeting last Tuesday discussed the recommendation with Fagan, and a majority concurred with it, member Tony Mosca said. "As it stands, everything the county does is without the board. They had to either strengthen it or abolish it and they chose the latter with the new management concept," Mosca said. "I don't necessarily agree." The recommendation is part of a report by Cummings on the attendance of members of various commission-appointed volunteer boards. He also recommended that the administrative staff take a closer look at the Environmental Health Board to ensure that it is functioning as intended by the ordinance that created it. The attendance summary showed Park Board members Carol Porter and Gerry Evans attended five of the seven meetings conducted during the survey period, while Rivenbark attended three, and Ann Bush showed up for only one of the meetings. Mosca, a new member, attended two of the three meetings since he was appointed. The lowest attendance record among all the boards surveyed is owned by the Housing Authority. Out of 12 meetings called, Chairman Robert Eden and member Clarence Walker each attended four, and Eula Hawkins came to three. Ruth Freiburger and Phil Pickett turned in the best percentage, 41 percent, by attending five each. Times DIGEST Six color television sets stolen from store Six color television sets valued at $ 1 ,926 were stolen from the Goodyear Tire Store on U.S. 4 1 S Sunday night, the Brooksville police reported Monday. The sets were taken after the front glass doors were pried open sometime during the night, Sgt. Tim Vitt said. The theft was discovered when store employees reported to work Monday morning. No arrests were made as of Monday afternoon. McCollum to address chamber U.S. Rep. Bid McCollum, R-Altamonte Springs, will be the guest speaker Saturday at the annual Hernando County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The dinner, which wiO begin at 7:45 p.m., wiR be in the Alfred McKethan Auditorium at the Hernando County Fairgrounds. Tickets for the dinner are $ 1 2.50 and are available at the chamber office on W Fort Dade Avenue, the main branch of Frist National Bank and all branches of Hernando State Bank. During the banquet, the new chamber directors for 1 982 and the chamber's six annual awards will be announced. For more information, call 796-2420. Air Force Association to meet The John C. Meyer Chapter of the Air Force Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the J. Lattimore Restaurant in the Southgate Shopping Center, New Port Richey. Nominations for new members will be made at this meeting. For more information, call 683-1720. USF conducts search for students The University of South Florida (USF) is conducting a search for qualified individuals from culturally andor financially disadvantaged backgrounds to attend college. Those who possess an academic potential for college wilt be given counseling and assistance in the college application process. For more information, contact Frank Nagy or Arva Leath at (8 1 3) 974-2931. r

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