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Trooper says woman, 77, kicks him after DUI arrest

Times Staff Writer
Published September 19, 2003

NEW PORT RICHEY - A 77-year-old Hudson woman, stopped on suspicion of drunken driving Wednesday afternoon, stuck her foot though the window of a state trooper's cruiser and kicked him in the neck, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The incident happened along Rowan Road, the report said.

Bernice M. West of 12910 Fifth Isle had been arrested on Atwell Court in Holiday after she failed a field sobriety test, the report said.

Facing charges of DUI and battery on a law enforcement officer, she was taken to the county jail and held in lieu of $20,000 bail, the report said.

Cemetery offers reward for information on vandalism

NEW PORT RICHEY - Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of whoever destroyed the granite facing of a memorial niche that held three sets of cremated remains.

Separate acts of vandalism happened on Aug. 31 and Sept. 15, the funeral home reported. One urn of cremated remains was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jim Nagy at the Pasco Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7797 or Joe Magaddino at North Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4244 Madison St., at (727) 849-9281.

Student arrested at school with stolen car, weapon

NEW PORT RICHEY - A Mitchell High School student was suspended Thursday after showing up at school with a stolen car and a weapon, according to a letter being sent to parents.

The weapon, which was not identified in the letter, was found in the car. The student, who also was not identified, was arrested without incident.

School officials have asked the superintendent to expel the student, the letter said.

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