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Crime journal

Published May 17, 2007




Police have released a new photograph of the man they call the "Red Wing bandit, " who they believe has robbed four banks in recent weeks. The man, who often wears a Detroit Red Wings cap during the robberies, struck again Tuesday afternoon by robbing the First State Bank at 2832 Fourth St. N. Police say he didn't wear the Red Wings cap, but handed over a note demanding money and suggesting that he had a weapon. Sgt. Al White said the man has also walked into two other banks to possibly rob them, but left because they were empty and he would have drawn too much attention. Police say the man is between 30 and 35 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has been seen leaving several robberies in a tan Ford Taurus. Anyone with information can call police at 727-893-7780.


Arrest warrant issued for Pasco ex-sheriff

Jim Gillum, the hard-charging sheriff of Pasco County from 1984 to 1992, became a wanted man April 25 when County Judge Candy VanDercar signed a warrant for his arrest. The charge: issuing a worthless check, a first-degree misdemeanor. About a year ago, when Gillum, 63, and his third wife and several children moved into a house on Laurel Vista Loop in Orchid Lake, he wrote a $1, 200 rent check to Lisa Egan, the landlord. Egan said it was bad and had Gillum evicted. Gillum was supposed to get a court summons for an April 19 arraignment. But the electronic docket says it was returned unserved. Apparently it had been mailed to an outdated address.


Sumter County man accused of molestation

A Sumter County man has been accused of molesting four girls under the age of 12 in New Port Richey this year. Robert Butler, 62, of 10412 Central Ave. in Coleman was arrested Tuesday and charged with capital sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation and exhibition. According to a report from Detective James Gariepy of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Butler touched and exposed himself to the girls at various times between January and May. Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said Butler was not a stranger to the victims, but his relationship to them was not disclosed. Butler was held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.


Judge orders HIV tests for suspects in rapes

It can't be used in court, but it can bring peace of mind to two frightened women. A judge on Wednesday ordered HIV tests for men accused in two rapes in Zephyrhills in March. Bobby Lee Black, 19, and Jathniel McMichael, 18, face sexual battery, kidnapping and other charges in the March 1 and March 27 attacks. Florida law allows victims in sex cases to request HIV tests of the accused. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Neither Black nor McMichael was in court Wednesday. "It's not admitting his guilt, " attorney Scott Davis, who represents McMichael, told the Times. "It's simply following the laws passed by the Legislature."

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