Coast guard ends search for lost shrimper

By Times Staff writer
Published September 13, 2007


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 charged with 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, helped suspect 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.


Funk show calling hip-hop dancers

Calling all hip-hop dancers and breakers! Audition from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 3120 Vonn Road, Largo, for a chance to perform before Break, the urban funk spectacular show Sept. 28 at the Largo Cultural Center. Call (727) 518-3125.


Only the Supervisor of Elections Office is authorized to send out absentee ballots. Sometimes candidates or their consultants obtain lists of voters who have requested absentee ballots or send absentee ballot request forms to voters. A story Sunday about political consultant Peter Schorsch was incorrect on this point.