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Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run


Driver surrenders after crash that kills bicyclist

The driver Florida Highway Patrol troopers say struck and killed a bicyclist then drove from the scene turned herself in Sunday afternoon.

Shanna Marie Rampino surrendered a 2000 Toyota pickup with damage consistent with the evidence of the crash that killed 46-year-old Shawn Michael Grady.

According to the patrol, Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts Avenue about 5:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the patrol. The driver of the pickup was heading the same way. The truck and bike collided, killing Grady.


Motorcyclist dies after being hit by car

A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. Michael Thienes, 67, was driving a 2011 GMC Acadia through the parking lot of a furniture store off the highway north of Denton Avenue.

Thienes, of Hudson, pulled onto U.S. 19 into the path of Fingerle, troopers said. The motorcycle hit the left side of the Acadia, ejecting Fingerle.

He died at the scene. The crash closed several lanes of U.S. 19 for four hours.


Home tied to massacre up for sale

A home believed to have sheltered African-Americans hiding from a week of mob violence in 1923 is up for sale.

Known as "The John Wright House" in Levy County, itís one of the few remaining original structures of Rosewood, the small town that was once a thriving community of black homeowners.

The community was the site of a deadly race riot that ended with homes being burned down and at least eight people killed ó six of them black. It was one of the more well-documented atrocities African-Americans endured in Florida.

The Gainesville Sun reports the two-story home and 35-acre property is just too large for the 84-year-old owner. Her daughter and son-in-law are real estate agents and say they want to ensure the new owner appreciates its significance,


City fines man for violating 2 rabbit limit

A Gainesville man who neighbors say is responsible for a outbreak of loose rabbits in their neighborhood has been fined by the city for a second time.

The Gainesville Sun reports that 57-year-old Von "Aspen" Ruder owns about 25 rabbits, surpassing the cityís two-bunny limit.

On Friday, Ruder was fined by Gainesvilleís code enforcement department for $521.50. In March he was cited $271.50.

In February, Ruder unsuccessfully petitioned the city to establish a medical exception that would allow him to keep the rabbits. He said the rabbits help with his Touretteís syndrome and PTSD from losing his leg more than 30 years ago in a rock-climbing accident.

Ruder denies being the cause of the rabbit outbreak in the quite community, though he admits that some breed and get loose.

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