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Cleanup does not allow home landfill

Published June 4, 2007



A 36-year-old man faces a felony littering charge after a state environmental inspector found 100 tires buried in his back yard.

According to an arrest report, Carl E. Holloway uncovered the tires and other debris for a state Department of Environmental Protection agent, who showed up at Holloway's 20th Street home to investigate a complaint.

Holloway, the report said, had been ordered by code enforcement to clean up his yard.

To save money, he said, he buried the trash.

He was released from jail Saturday after posting $5, 000 bail.


Body found in road is shooting victim

A man found dead Saturday morning in the road near a Baptist church was slain, authorities said.

Daniel Russell Keller, 21, of 8544 Semmes St., Zephyrhills, died from a gunshot to the abdomen, the Sheriff's Office said. His body was discovered about 3:30 a.m. on Stewart Road near County Road 35A.

"I don't know if he was shot there, or shot somewhere else and dumped there or ... ended up there, " sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call Detective Jennifer Christensen toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.


Man whom deputies shot is identified

Dustin James Welch stayed at a mobile home on Bolton Avenue from time to time.

His brother Harry lived there, along with homeowner Mark Tatum. On Friday night, the Sheriff's Office said, Dustin Welch, 26, broke into the home and fought with Tatum, who ran into the woods and called 911.

Six sheriff's deputies responded and confronted Welch, who came out with a handgun. The deputies repeatedly told Welch to drop his weapon, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said, but he refused and began firing. Three deputies returned fire, killing Welch.

The State Attorney's Office is investigating the shooting, and the deputies, William Ferguson, William Orndorff and Jeffrey Desenso, are on paid administrative leave, Doll said.

According to Department of Corrections records, Welch was placed on community supervision in 2004 on a misdemeanor battery charge but absconded.

[Last modified June 3, 2007, 22:35:48]

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