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Throw out confession, Steele asks

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 12, 2007


DADE CITY

Jury selection in the murder trial of Alfredie Steele Jr. starts next week. But that didn't stop his lawyers from filing another last-minute motion Wednesday to suppress his purported confession - and tearful apology. Steele is accused of gunning down Pasco sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison in 2003. A year later, a judge denied a motion to throw out Steele's recorded statements that he pulled the trigger. This latest motion argues Steele "did not knowingly and intelligently waive his right to an attorney." The motion also says a detective confused Steele about his rights, and that his mother, Regina Clemmons, and former NFL player Darren Hambrick helped obtain the confession.

LAND O'LAKES

35-home project is in the works

Just when you thought new development has all but died in central Pasco, another proposal pops up. But its relatively small size and low density may be a sign of the times. This one is on 40 acres in a triangular swatch of land between Caliente Boulevard and Ehren Cutoff. The property is owned by John and Lynn Lenhart, and Avalon Building Group wants to raise 35 homes there. Nick Nichols of Nichols & Associates is a Tampa planner steering the project. He said no tentative launch date has been set.

Man charged in third bank robbery

A man who was arrested earlier this month in connection with two Dade City bank robberies was charged Monday with robbing a third bank in Zephyrhills, according to reports from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Keith Karl Beams, 39, was identified by Dade City police by large tattoos - a fiery dragon on his right calf and a cross on his inner right arm - that were seen by witnesses and picked up on security cameras. Those same tattoos helped deputies pin the March 26 robbery of the First National Bank, 4518 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, on Beams, spokesman Doug Tobin said Wednesday. Beams handed a bank teller a note demanding a large quantity of money and threatening that if she made any sudden movements she would be shot, reports said. Beams is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

PORT RICHEY

Woman should get new dentures soon

Betty Eldridge won't have to wait much longer for a new set of dentures. She is getting a complete set at no charge, thanks to New Port Richey dentist Don Cadle, who read about her plight in Wednesday's Pasco Times. "Oh, it's absolutely wonderful," said Eldridge, 71. "I can go out and eat a salad." Eldridge, whose low income qualifies her for Medicaid coverage, mailed her dentures to the state Department of Health to complain about their workmanship in February 2006. Her case is working its way through the system. Cadle said he was moved by Eldridge's story: "I don't want her to go around without teeth," he said.