River Ridge student held on pot charges
By TIMES WIRES
Published March 9, 2007
NEW PORT RICHEY
It wasn't hard for authorities to build the case against a 15-year-old River Ridge High School student who was arrested on campus Wednesday, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell on school grounds. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report details what happened: The school resource officer found the student trying to leave school at 7:35 a.m. A search of his backpack yielded four small bags of marijuana, at which point the sophomore started crying. The teen admitted to a school administrator the 13.6 grams of marijuana - less than half an ounce - was his and he had been selling the drug. As he waited for his parents, he got a text message from another student wishing to buy marijuana. The name of the arrested boy is being withheld by the Times because of his age. He was taken to a juvenile facility.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Sheriff's Office describes robber
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about the robber and getaway vehicle involved in a Wednesday robbery of the Colonial Bank at 6213 State Road 54. The agency released a photo of the robber and a description: He is white, 6 feet to 6 feet 3, 220 to 250 pounds, age 27 to 32, with brown eyes, short dark hair and a goatee. He wore a black baseball cap with red letters, a dark SouthPole sweater, khaki pants and black Lugz or Skechers boots. The vehicle is a white sport utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer, driven by a woman west on SR 54. The vehicle was seen at the bank about 1 p.m., and the robbery was at 1:40 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (800) 854-2862, ext. 7427.
Death might not be from foul play
A day after launching a "suspicious death" investigation into the death of a woman found in her condominium, the Sheriff's Office is backing off the investigation because it found no evidence of foul play. Authorities haven't released the woman's name, but her ex-boyfriend has identified her as 38-year-old Julianne Lea. After she hadn't been heard from in days, a maintenance man and the ex-boyfriend came by and found her lying in her unit Wednesday afternoon. The woman's autopsy results are pending toxicology reports, according to the Sheriff's Office.