Crime journal

Published May 31, 2007


Football player charged in brawl

Legal troubles haven't ended for former Pasco High football star Darren Hambrick, who last week signed with the Tampa Bay Storm's practice squad. Hambrick, 31, faces two counts of misdemeanor battery stemming from an October brawl at the notorious Trilacoochee nightclub Rumors. The case has been pending since January, but prosecutors did not file charges until Friday, accusing Hambrick of punching club bouncer Brian Thomas and another man. The Lacoochee native is still chasing a football comeback after playing three seasons in the NFL, the last in 2002.


Man, 25, accused in girl's pregnancy

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested a 25-year-old Riverview man accused of impregnating a 15-year-old after having consensual sex with her. The girl's mother noticed she had gained weight and had her take a pregnancy test in January. After the test proved positive, the mother filed a report with the Sheriff's Office, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. After an investigation implicated Easterling, deputies filed charges with the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office, which issued a warrant for his arrest. The girl told deputies the sex was consensual but that she and Easterling were not dating, Carter said. Easterling, a lawn care worker of 11008 U.S. 301, faces felony charges of lewd and lascivious battery and child abuse.


Driver charged with DUI in wreck

A Port Richey man has been charged with DUI in connection with a wreck in which he struck an ice cream truck and sent four girls to a hospital with minor injuries in January. Donald Kenneth Tappin, 46, was charged with the misdemeanor Tuesday. He posted $1, 000 bail early Wednesday and got out of jail. A blood test found eight different drugs in his system, including cocaine, morphine and methadone, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Tappin's license could be suspended for five years if he is convicted.


Burglars strike 25 businesses

Yentas Family Restaurant is the latest victim in a string of unsolved commercial burglaries in Spring Hill that police believe are connected. According to Hernando County sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Black, at least 25 businesses have been hit since March 30. Most of the targets have been restaurants.


Homeless man charged in robbery

Police arrested a homeless man Wednesday and charged him with robbing a bank Tuesday. Police say Christopher Schwingdorf, 37, entered the Bank of America at 1610 S Missouri Ave on Tuesday morning and told the teller he needed money. The teller said she didn't speak English. That confused Schwingdorf, who left the bank empty-handed, according to police. Witnesses took down the license plate of the car, which was driven by a friend. The friend later said she had no idea Schwingdorf was trying to rob a bank. Schwingdorf was found Wednesday at a soup kitchen and charged with the robbery. Police said he admitted to the robbery. He was being held Thursday at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10, 000 bail.