Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 13, 2007


Coast guard ends search for lost shrimper

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for Joseph Reed, 40, of Tarpon Springs about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after searching the Gulf of Mexico 35 miles west of Tarpon Springs. The Coast Guard began searching for Reed about 4:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a call from the captain of the 69-foot commercial shrimp boat Charlee Girl, reporting that Reed had fallen overboard. A crew member jumped in the water but could not rescue Reed, who was not wearing a life jacket. Reed is originally from Rochester, N.Y., and moved here about five years ago, said his girlfriend Henora Ross, 48, of Tarpon Springs. Ross said Reed had worked as a shrimper for more than four years and is a good swimmer but recently had been having some problems with his balance. "He liked to go out on the water," she said. For him to fall overboard, she said, is "not like him."

Woman accused of tampering

Tarpon Springs police Wednesday arrested a Pasco County woman on a count of tampering with evidence from the slaying of Michael Steele last month. Candace Marie Taylor, 18, of Holiday is accused of helping Robert Maniatis dismantle and discard the 9mm Beretta handgun used to kill Steele, 25, of New Port Richey on Aug. 20. Maniatis, 20, of Holiday was found dead of an apparent drug overdose two days later. On Aug. 28, detectives found the gun in the Anclote River in Pasco County. They concluded that Taylor knew the weapon had been used in the shooting and that Maniatis told her he killed Steele in a drug transaction.


Teen arrested in vehicle break-ins

Pasco sheriff's deputies arrested a Zephyrhills teenager after they say he admitted to breaking into nine vehicles in the Fort King Acres subdivision and Spanish Trails mobile home park in Zephyrhills. According to deputies, the 17-year-old said he stole several in-dash CD players, a cell phone and a purse from the cars during the first week of September. He also admitted to stealing a golf cart from one of the homes, which was later recovered missing a windshield, seat covers and a rear-view mirror, according to deputies. The stolen property was valued at about $2,000. Deputies are still investigating the break-ins. They believe another person, whose name they are not releasing, also was involved.


Man gets 3 years in armed burglary

A Brevard County man charged in a 2005 armed burglary in Meadow Pointe pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sent to prison. Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa sentenced Ronald Albert Donovan, 24, of Cocoa to three years in prison on a reduced charge of aggravated battery with a firearm. Donovan was accused of wounding a high school acquaintance in a dispute over drugs. Donovan, who also was injured by gunfire in the dispute, spent about nine months in jail in Pasco and Brevard counties, awaiting trial. He will get credit for that time and serve three years' probation after his prison sentence ends.