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Cop killer's cousin pleads to drug charges

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 30, 2007


DADE CITY

Nathaniel Vanzant, cousin of convicted cop killer Alfredie Steele Jr., pleaded in court Wednesday to drug and driving charges. Vanzant, 27, was arrested in June on U.S. 301. Authorities said he had a handgun in his pickup and a bag with marijuana, and that he gave a fake name to deputies. On Wednesday, Vanzant pleaded no contest to driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana and giving a false name to law enforcement. Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa sentenced him to two years probation, which will run with another probationary sentence Vanzant is serving out of Hernando County. Vanzant, who grew up in Lacoochee, recorded Steele confessing to the shooting of sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison in June 2003. Steele was convicted in April and is serving a life sentence. Siracusa included drug conditions, including random drug tests, in Vanzant's probation. He asked Vanzant whether he would test positive now. Vanzant said yes, but "I've been clean for two weeks." "Baby steps," the judge replied.

Festival features war re-enactment

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village will have its Pioneer Florida Days Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Activities include a Civil War battle re-enactment at 3 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday; a mock court-martial at 12:30 p.m. Monday, and a Trash N' Treasures Sale, arts and crafts show and sale and children's games all day. Admission is $6 adults, $2 ages 6-15. Age 5 and younger admitted free. Parking is free. The museum is at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org for information.