Crime journal

Published May 24, 2007



Luz Rivera was traveling west on Highway 60 about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. Hillsborough sheriff's Deputy Beau Dobson was traveling east on the same road, patrolling for impaired motorists. Rivera made a left turn, directly into the driver's side door of Dobson's cruiser. The cruiser was knocked into a median and struck a traffic signal. Rivera's 1991 Jeep then spun and hit a 2007 Kia driven by Mark Anetus, 37, of Riverview, who was driving north on 78th Street. Dobson, 32, an eight-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was taken to Brandon Hospital with minor injuries. Anetus was not injured. According to an arrest log, Rivera, 37, recorded a 0.148/0.149 blood-alcohol level, nearly twice Florida's legal limit. She was booked into the Orient Road Jail on three counts of driving under the influence.


Man robs Starbucks at campus library

University of South Florida police are searching for a man who robbed the campus library's Starbucks late Tuesday. Police said a clerk, Gabriel Brown, was counting Tuesday's cash at 11:19 p.m. when an armed man entered a back door of the coffeehouse and ordered him to the ground. Brown told investigators the man struck him in the back of the head and ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Brick is burglar's tool of choice

Pasco deputies are hunting for a single burglar they believe is responsible for at least a dozen smash and grab break-ins at businesses along U.S. 41 from Lutz to Land O'Lakes. The crimes happened the nights of May 7, 11, 14 and 17, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin. In each case, the thief used a brick or other heavy object to smash the glass on a door, then went inside to rummage around and steal things.


Sentence delayed for ex-official

The sentencing of former Brooksville Housing Authority administrator Joe Ann Bennett on a federal fraud charge - scheduled for Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Tampa - has been postponed to June 25. Bennett, who retired from her longtime position as the authority's program manager in September, was indicted in November along with executive director Betty Trent. The sentencing date was changed so it falls after Trent's trial, which is scheduled for June 11, said Amy Filjones, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa. When Bennett pleaded guilty to one count of defrauding the federal government of $40, 650 in February, she agreed to testify against Trent, who was suspended from her job after the indictment. Bennett, who has been ordered to repay the stolen funds, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250, 000, her attorney, Ellis Faught, said in February. He said Bennett's sentence will likely be less severe because she has no previous criminal record.

Power outage closes campus

The Brooksville campus of the Pasco-Hernando Community College was closed Wednesday and classes canceled because of a power outage. The campus was expected to be opened today.