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Police reports

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 12, 2002


Fire destroys woman's home, garage and car

HOLIDAY -- A home on Dove Drive, its garage and a car parked in the garage were destroyed in a fire early Wednesday morning, Pasco County Fire Rescue officials said.

A woman awoke to a noise in her garage about 4:15 a.m., Battalion Chief Cynthia O'Neal said, setting off the home's smoke detectors.

The woman escaped without injuries, but her Chrysler Sebring convertible, house and garage were destroyed, O'Neal said. A neighbor's house was slightly damaged in the blaze.

Red Cross helped find her a place to stay, O'Neal said.

The address of the house in the 5100 block of Dove Drive was not available. O'Neal said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Man tries to lure child into his van, report states

SHADY HILLS -- An assistant principal at Mary Giella Elementary School told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that a stranger might have tried to lure a 10-year-old into his van, according to a sheriff's report.

Assistant principal Kathy Kaburis told deputies that on Monday afternoon, a man in a red van pulled up to a student at her bus stop near Jetson Drive and Albright Road. The girl told deputies that the man motioned with his thumb for the girl to get in the van.

He stopped when the girl's mother walked up, and then he waved to the mother.

Deputies said they are looking for the van and will have an extra deputy in the Shady Hills area.

Robber enters man's home through open door

HOLIDAY -- A 62-year-old man told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that he was sleeping with his front door open early Wednesday morning when a man with a ski mask pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet.

The man, who lives on Front Drive, said he had the door open about 4 a.m. to get better air circulation, according to a sheriff's report. The man said the robber told him that he would shoot him and his dog if they didn't cooperate. He said he gave the man his wallet, which had $150 in it, and then the man fled.

A sheriff's dog responded to the scene but did not find any scent. Deputies are investigating.

Wreck sends SUV flying, closes road

PORT RICHEY -- Joan Harrower was stopped at the traffic light. So was Rosemary Chandler.

Both heard a loud crash.

Out of the corner of her eye, Harrower saw a sport utility vehicle literally flying through the air.

Chandler saw it smacking cars as it flipped three times, whipping past her and landing on a purple Mercury.

"It was like dominoes," she said.

At least eight vehicles were snared by a wreck at 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Little Road and State Road 52. Witnesses said a Chevrolet Blazer tore through eastbound State Road 52 traffic stopped at the Little Road light. Eastbound Little Road was closed for more than two hours.

The top of the Blazer was peeled away in the crash, and its driver was flown in critical condition to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, said Assistant Chief Chris Alland of Pasco County Fire Rescue. Another patient also was flown to Bayfront, and a pedestrian who stopped to look at the scene was hit by a vehicle and taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the wreck.

Pasco County sheriff's Sgt. Ray Stanley said three men put out the fire on the flipped-over Blazer.

"This could have been worse," he said. "Whomever they are, thank you."

Man sought in incident at bus stop

SHADY HILLS -- An assistant principal at Mary Giella Elementary School told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that a stranger might have tried to lure a 10-year-old into his van, according to a sheriff's report.

Assistant Principal Kathy Kaburis told deputies that on Monday afternoon a man in a red van pulled up to a student at her bus stop near Jetson Drive and Albright Road. The girl told deputies that the man motioned with his thumb for her to get in the van.

He stopped when the girl's mother walked up, then he waved to the mother.

Deputies said they are looking for the van and will have an extra deputy in the Shady Hills area.

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