By Times staff reports
Firefighter joins chase, brings down fugitive
DADE CITY -- A wanted man first led police, then a Pasco County sheriff's lieutenant on foot chases before he was tackled by a firefighter, authorities said.
Dade City police were serving a warrant early Saturday -- before 5 a.m. -- on 33-year-old Tony Stockton, who was wanted in Hernando County on charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and organized fraud, authorities said.
Sheriff's Lt. Bruce Schmelter was on his way to work in Dade City when he heard Stockton was being served in the area of 14th and Main streets. Before he got there, he said, he heard that Stockton had fled.
Schmelter started looking for Stockton near a vacant yard where the suspect was last seen.
"I could see the guy's legs sticking up (out of the weeds)," Schmelter said.
He had Stockton stand up and put his hands on his head, he said. He thought the object in Stockton's hand, which turned out to be a cellular phone, might have been a gun, he said.
After standing up, Stockton ran away.
About 50 yards away, Lt. Tony Hicks from Dade City Fire Rescue gave chase. He tackled Stockton into a fence and hit a concrete culvert, Schmelter said. During that fall, Hicks may have broken his arm.
Stockton and Hicks tussled on the ground, Stockton got away, and then Hicks took him down again, Schmelter said.
"He was sitting on him when I got there," Schmelter said.
Stockton was arrested and booked into county jail in Land O'Lakes on the Hernando charges as well as charges of resisting arrest without violence, resisting arrest with violence and possession of methamphetamines with intent to deliver, deputies said.
He was being held without bond on Saturday.
Youth accused of driving truck through five yards
LAND O'LAKES -- An 18-year-old high school student has been arrested and faces charges that he drove his pickup truck through at least five yards in the Willow Bend area, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.
James Haya, a Land O'Lakes High School student who lives at 19447 Holly Lane, faces five counts of criminal mischief, deputies said.
He was arrested Friday -- the day after he is accused of driving through yards about 10:30 p.m. on Sonoma Lane, Beechnut Court and Laureldale Drive, deputies said.
He caused about $100 damage to each yard, according to deputy reports.
Haya posted $1,250 bond and was released Friday from county jail in Land O'Lakes.
Mother charged with leaving son, 10, alone
DADE CITY -- A 30-year-old mother was arrested Friday after police said she left her 10-year-old son home alone 11 hours without any healthy food.
Michelle Pauline Bingham of 12721 Candlewood Circle faces a charge of child neglect, Dade City police said.
According to her arrest report, she left her son at home without phone numbers to reach her or any healthy food.
The boy told police he hadn't bathed for two days and that he had an egg for dinner, but officers couldn't find any evidence an egg had been cooked, the report states.
The officers said it also appeared the boy had a serving of pudding, part of a chocolate Easter bunny and a juice box.
The boy told police his mother didn't get him a babysitter because she needed to save money to get her boyfriend out of jail, the report states. He said he has been left alone each night she worked over the past two weeks.
In the report, officers wrote that the house smelled of rotten food, had moldy food stacked on the counter and was covered in trash.
Bingham was released Saturday from county jail in Land O'Lakes without having to post bail.
Man faces sexual battery charge on 9-year-old
A 30-year-old man was arrested Friday after authorities were told that he had been molesting a 9-year-old girl for two years, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.
Bryan Darrell Allen of 9636 Lake Drive in New Port Richey was arrested Friday in Land O'Lakes, deputies said. He faces a charge of involuntary sexual battery, according to his arrest report.
The 9-year-old girl told deputies that one morning last November Allen coerced her into giving him oral sex, the report states.
Allen was being held without bail Saturday at county jail in Land O'Lakes.
15-mile chase ends with driver's arrest
A 50-year-old man led a rookie Pasco County sheriff's deputy on an approximately 15-mile chase Saturday morning. The pursuit ended in his arrest, deputies said.
Nicholas Cappalo, whose address was not available, faces charges of fleeing to elude, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, auto theft and two counts of burglary, deputies said.
About 6 a.m. on Saturday, a Holiday man called the Sheriff's Office to report that someone was pounding on his door, sheriff's Lt. J.P. Jackson said. While deputies were investigating, two other people in the area of Mile Stretch Drive reported burglaries at their houses. One said the burglar had taken his car keys and stolen his 1978 Buick Skylark.
Shortly later on Little Road, just north of Ridge Road, Deputy Janet Pascalli tried to stop on a man who was driving with one headlight out, Jackson said.
The man refused to stop, Jackson said.
Then, as deputies checked the license plate and realized the car was the one reported stolen from Holiday, the driver sped up, Jackson said.
He hit speeds of up to 90 mph as he raced north on Little Road, north on U.S. 19 and east on County Line Road. First, his radiator gave out, Jackson said. Other deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers joined the chase and he tried to run one deputy off the road, Jackson said.
Then the fleeing suspect's car quit about a mile and a half east on County Line Road and a block into Hernando County.
Pascalli, who has been out of deputy road training for less than three weeks, arrested Cappalo there, Jackson said. Pascalli is 41 and has worked for the Sheriff's Office for nearly 14 years, but just became a patrol deputy.
Cappalo was being held Saturday at county jail in Hernando County, Jackson said.
Student exposed himself, deputies say
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A Mitchell High School student was arrested at school after Pasco County sheriff's deputies said he exposed himself to another student.
Sean Patrick Gillen Jr., of 8925 Garner Court in New Port Richey, faces a charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of a person under age 16, deputies said.
He was arrested Friday, the day after the incident, deputies said.
According to Gillen's arrest report, he hugged a 15-year-old student and then lifted his shirt to show that he was exposing himself. Another student videotaped the incident, deputies said.
Gillen was released Friday from county jail in Land O'Lakes after posting $5,000 bond.
Man charged with hitting girl, leaving scene
HUDSON -- A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after Florida Highway Patrol troopers said he hit a 9-year-old girl and then left the scene of the crash.
Michael Abel Brunner Jr. of 8616 Horizon St. in Hudson faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, troopers said.
According to an FHP report, Brunner was driving through Sea Pines subdivision about 8:15 a.m. when his red Chevrolet Camaro hit Alyssa Aquilino, who was standing on the west shoulder of Gasparilla Drive near Longboat Lane.
Alyssa was taken to a hospital and her condition was not available Saturday.
Brunner told troopers he has been having blackouts but remembered hitting what he thought was a pothole, according to his arrest report. Troopers said they found Brunner with the help of witnesses who identified the house where they typically see his car.
Brunner posted $6,000 bond Friday and was released from county jail in Land O'Lakes.
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