Three Dollar kids removed from schools, foster home

Date: 2005-03-06

St. Petersburg Times

Three of the five Citrus County children allegedly tortured by their adoptive parents have been removed from their schools and foster home, school officials said.

Citrus High School officials said they were concerned that one of John and Linda Dollar's children was working too hard in the foster family's business.

"He had a problem with his leg from what he had been through and may have been on his feet too much," school superintendent Sandra Himmel said Friday.

School officials contacted the Department of Children & Families last week about concerns with the child's leg problem and other issues about the foster home placement.

John and Linda Dollar have pleaded not guilty to the abuse charges. They are being held without bail in the Citrus County jail.

Baseball legend Jackson okay after car accident

TAMPA - Baseball slugger Reggie Jackson walked away from a crash in Tampa Friday night without serious injury after another driver slammed into his Ford Expedition and both vehicles flipped, according to Tampa police.

The other driver, a Temple Terrace man, was in critical condition Saturday afternoon at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said.

The accident happened at Boy Scout Road and West Shore Boulevard about 11:20 p.m. Durkin said Jackson was waiting for the light to turn green when Miguel Angel Rivera, 34, of Temple Terrace slammed his Trailblazer into the back of Jackson's Expedition. Both vehicles overturned.

The two men were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. Jackson, 58, was treated for minor injuries and released, Durkin said.

Durkin said a preliminary investigation shows Rivera was traveling at a high rate of speed. They are waiting for test results to determine whether Rivera had alcohol or drugs in his blood system.

"It seems Jackson was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," Durkin said.

Jackson, known as "Mr. October" for his World Series heroics, played in the Series for both the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. An employee of the Yankees, he is in town for spring training.

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