BAYONET POINT - A 16-year-old Kentucky boy was arrested on a charge of armed trafficking in cocaine after being pulled over Sunday by a Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Authorities said a car the teen was in contained a shoe box with a loaded 9mm pistol and approximately 99.2 grams, or nearly 3.5 ounces, of crack cocaine.
An arrest report said the teen admitted he got the box from a man named "Steve," who, the teen said, wanted him to hide the box. The teen, whose name the Times is withholding because of his age, also admitted to selling crack for "Steve," according to the report.
Brooksville man faces aggravated battery charge
ZEPHYRHILLS - A Brooksville man faces a charge of aggravated battery on a person older than 65 after police said he hit a man with a metal vise and kicked him several times.
Donald Fredrick Royal, 30, of 17161 La Paloma Lane was in the Land O'Lakes jail Monday in lieu of $2,000 bail. Zephyrhills police said Royal admitted to hitting the victim in the head with the metal vise and kicking him at 5:15 a.m. Sunday at a home at 5611 First St. in Zephyrhills, according to a police report. The victim was taken to East Pasco Medical Center, but no other information on him was available.
Vandalism at dig site under investigation
LACOOCHEE - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of trespassing and vandalism of an archaeological site at Fort Dade owned by the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation. University of South Florida graduate student and researcher Chris Bell filed the complaint Sunday, stating that someone slashed the tent protecting one of the dig sites, bent the metal frame and smashed the padlock securing the fenced property on about 21/2 acres off Trilby Road. Bell said the fort was built in 1836 and remains one of the least disturbed fort sites in the area from the Second Seminole War in the mid 1800s.
"It's basically as it was left when it was burned or abandoned at the end of the war," she said.
"It can tell us so much about how the troops lived and how they built these forts. We think it's just got a wealth of information about that era."
The vandal or vandals destroyed not only the tent and padlock, but also the findings under the tent - about $800 worth of labor, Bell said. She refused to describe what she had found. Bell said the site had been vandalized several times since the nearly two years she has been working there.