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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002

FHP releases identity of man killed in wreck

The 19-year-old man who died in a Thursday evening wreck on U.S. 19 in Holiday has been identified as Charles C. Casale II, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

Casale of Holiday was driving his 1997 Honda Civic north "at a high rate of speed," troopers said, when he swerved and his car ran off the east side of the road and flipped. He was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

Casale was not wearing his seat belt, troopers said.

Suspect faces charge of armed bank robbery

The 58-year-old suspect who was being held Friday night in connection with the robbery of a New Port Richey bank faces a charge of armed bank robbery.

Augustus J. Miller, 58, of 5653 Calla Drive in New Port Richey was arrested in connection with the Friday afternoon robbery of Bank of America, 5923 State Road 54, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

According to a deputy report, the robber demanded money and said he had a bomb. He fled from the bank in a Lincoln Town Car, and a witness wrote down his license plate number. The ensuing investigation led deputies to Miller's house. Inside the car, deputies said they found the wig, hat and clothing worn during the robbery, as well as most of the money.

Miller was being held without bail Saturday at county jail in Land O'Lakes.

Land O'Lakes man found dead along I-75

WESLEY CHAPEL -- A man was found dead Saturday morning along Interstate 75 near mile marker 284, which is between State Road 54 and State Road 52, Pasco County fire rescue officials said.

A truck driver spotted the man's body and called fire rescue at 7:37 a.m., said Battalion Chief James Maynard of fire rescue.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the man who was killed as Kenneth L. Babcock, 37, 7325 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes.

The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the death, Maynard said.

"It will be up to them to determine was he struck or was he thrown out of a car," he said.

The FHP investigates traffic wrecks. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office, which typically handles homicide investigations, had not been called into the investigation as of Saturday afternoon, said sheriff's Lt. Joe Frontz.

An FHP spokesman could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

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