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Dade City police arrest cyclist on drug charges

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 1, 2003

DADE CITY -- Dade City police officers arrested a man early Thursday who was carrying a little more than 11 ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

Officers tried to stop Francisco Hernandez, 26, shortly after midnight at 17th Street and Goldenrod Court on suspicion of a traffic violation. Hernandez was riding a bicycle at night without a headlight, Capt. David Duff said.

Hernandez fled on his bicycle, then ran, and officers saw him toss a black bag, Duff said. Sgt. Bill Rowe and Officer Chris Stone caught Hernandez and recovered the bag, which contained the marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, a digital scale and small plastic bags, Duff said.

Hernandez faces charges of possession of marijuana greater than 20 grams, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held at the county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $11,000 bail.

5 dancers arrested, cited for lewdness

HOLIDAY -- The woman removed her clothing, kneeled on stage and placed her head in his lap, the man said. He was an undercover agent with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies cited five dancers at Bare Assets for lewdness on Wednesday night. Their crime, deputies said: flashing too much skin -- all of it -- and improperly touching customers.

Those charged at the Holiday club, 1406 U.S. 19, were Dawn Barr, 29, of Weston Oaks Drive in Holiday; Jessica Nicole Daniels, 21, of Ivory Terrace in Holiday; Kimberly Michelle Denny, 33, of Hermosillo Drive in New Port Richey; Michelle Marie Martin, 36, of Hermosillo Drive in New Port Richey; and Samantha Jeanne Standiford, 20, of Sheepshead Drive in Hudson.

Hikers safe at home after spending night on trail

Night came too quickly for Craig Lynn Miller on Thursday.

Miller, 66, was hiking a trail with his friend, Barbara Howe, 61, in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area in eastern Pasco on the border of Polk County. Darkness fell and they were several miles from their car. Miller clipped palm fronds and they laid on the ground, waiting.

About 11 p.m., a Pasco sheriff's deputy noticed Miller's car in the parking lot. He traced the tag and learned that Miller was supposed to have arrived home at dusk.

About 20 deputies arrived and searched the area. Helicopters circled above, blood hounds sniffed the ground and neighbors with all-terrain vehicles snaked through trails looking for the hikers.

At 7:30 a.m. Friday, one of the neighbors spotted Miller and Howe, both of Zephyrhills, walking on a trail about 3 miles from their car. Neither was injured.

"We just laid down and talked and waited until daylight," Miller said. "We knew someone would be hunting us up."

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