Bus driver calls in the cops for rowdy riders

Published January 20, 2007

Talk about a tough first day of work. Bus driver Theresa Velez, 51, needed the help of the Sheriff's Office on Friday afternoon when students on her route at Madeira Beach Middle School grew disorderly and refused to follow her instructions to behave. So Velez, on her first day on the job, stopped her bus of 47 students at 110th Way and 102 Terrace in Seminole and called for assistance from the school system and the Sheriff's Office. While most students left on other school buses, four went home with their parents, and two others were treated by paramedics after falling ill. No one was seriously hurt or arrested.

Officer cleared in deadly shooting

The State Attorney's Office concluded that a Pinellas County sheriff's sergeant was justified in shooting to death 19-year-old Brian Dorry. On Jan. 4, Sgt. Dan Carron responded to a robbery at a Wachovia ATM in Seminole that evolved into an attempt on Carron's life, the State Attorney's Office stated in a report released Friday. In a failed attempt to flee, Dorry aimed a red Mitsubishi Mirage at Carron, who then fired once into the vehicle's open passenger window, striking Dorry in the right cheek, the Sheriff's Office said. State Attorney Bernie McCabe wrote that Carron "reasonably feared for his life" and was "fully justified" in the shooting. Carron is nearly a 30-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. It's standard procedure for the State Attorney's Office to investigate fatal police shootings.

Recruiter accused of sex with girl, 17

An Army recruiter working out of Dade City has been arrested and charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Staff Sgt. Bruce Thomas Roberts, 29, is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old potential recruit. Part of Roberts' job was recruiting at schools. One day, he went to the girl's school to give a presentation on Army programs, a Pasco County sheriff's spokesman said. They met after she showed interest in the military. The girl's name and hometown were not released, nor was the name of her school. The investigation began after one of the girl's parents learned of the tryst in a tent off Quail Hollow Boulevard. Roberts was held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. He has no prior criminal record in Florida. The charge is a second-degree felony. If convicted, he could spend as many as 15 years in prison.

Man critically hurt in 3-car collision

A 49-year-old Clearwater man was critically injured Friday morning in a three-car collision at U.S. 19 and Hammock Pine Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Steven Klics was going north in the right lane of U.S. 19 at 8:30 a.m. when he tried to change to the left lane, troopers said. His 2007 Chevrolet collided with a Jeep driven by James Spoon, 36, of Lakeland and began to spin counterclockwise, they said. The Chevy struck a third car before coming to a stop. Klics was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Spoon and the people in the third car were not injured.