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Ex-Rays coach arrested after court no-show

By Times Staff
Published April 19, 2005

TAMPA - Former Devil Rays coach and Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton was arrested Monday for failure to appear in court on a probation violation, records show.

He remained in the Hillsborough County jail Monday without bail on the third-degree felony charge. According to Daulton's arrest affidavit, he was taken into custody about 9 a.m. at Tampa International Airport.

Daulton, 43, of 2336 Messenger Circle in Safety Harbor was arrested in Hillsborough County twice in 2003, both times for driving under the influence, jail records showed. Daulton has also had previous arrests in Pinellas and Hernando counties on charges that included domestic violence and battery, and drunken driving.

Daulton was a three-time All-Star catcher during a 14-year career, nearly all with the Phillies. He finished his career by winning a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and garnering the National League's Comeback Player of the Year award. He became the Rays' bullpen coach in November 2000. He resigned in August 2001, citing personal reasons.

Three detained after tip about illegal drug lab

TAMPA - Drug Enforcement Administration agents detained three people Monday after receiving an anonymous tip about illegal drug laboratories at a hotel near Town 'N Country.

DEA agents, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Hillsborough Fire Rescue responded to Suburban Extended Stay Hotels, 6902 W Hillsborough Ave., after someone phoned in the tip, DEA spokesman Oscar Negron said. He declined to release names of the three people being questioned Monday, saying the State Attorney's Office would decide whether to pursue charges.

"There were some chemicals found in the location," Negron said. "But no drugs have been found."

Hillsborough fire spokesman Ray Yeakley said the Sheriff's Office had requested a hazardous materials unit but later canceled it. A fire truck remained at the location during the search of two apartments.

[Last modified April 19, 2005, 01:19:14]

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