Crime journal

Published April 26, 2007



A manhunt continued into the night for three men who robbed a Hernando County tourist attraction and shot the owner in the chest Wednesday afternoon. Jim Oleson was tending the cash register at Boyett's Grove and Citrus Attraction on Spring Lake Highway at 2:43 p.m. when three young black men, two of whom wore Halloween masks, entered the store, according to witnesses and a preliminary investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash and shot the 58-year-old owner below the heart with a handgun. Oleson was airlifted to St. Joseph's hospital in Tampa, where he underwent surgery in the evening and was listed in critical condition, authorities said. A patron in the store was also robbed, but he was left unharmed. Oleson's wife, Kathy Boyett Oleson, also was in the store.


Bank near mall robbed in evening

Police are investigating an evening robbery Wednesday of a Bank Atlantic near the Countryside Mall. No one was injured, said Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor, who had few other details. The robbery occurred at about 6:15 p.m., when most banks are closed. Bank Atlantic has longer hours, Shelor said.

St. Petersburg

Driver hits 2 cars as he flees officer

A driver who fled a routine traffic stop Wednesday morning smashed into a pair of cars at a nearby intersection, sending two people to a hospital, police said. Charles E. Reed, 20, raced away from an officer heading east on 18 Avenue S, eventually colliding with two cars at 31st Street, police said. Reed and a passenger, Javon Oliver, 16, ran from the accident but were caught. Reed faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, marijuana possession and driving without a valid license. One of the drivers of the other cars, Lumumba Dixon, 28, was cited for driving on a suspended license.

Land O'Lakes

Man charged with molesting girl, 5

A Brooksville man was charged Tuesday with molesting a 5-year-old girl in Zephyrhills in January, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Jeffrey R. Dearth, 46, is charged with capital sexual battery and remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday without bail.