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By Times Staff Writer
Published January 17, 2008
Man bites officer during arrest
A man bit an officer who accused him of trying to cash forged checks, said the Temple Terrace Police Department. Anthony J. Staten, 19, of 7801 River Resort Lane, Apt. A, faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana, uttering a forged bill, depositing an item with intent to defraud, organized fraud and grand theft, according to jail records. He was held in jail Wednesday in lieu of $31,500 bail. Police say Staten and three others pulled up to a Bank of America drive-up window Tuesday at noon and tried to cash forged checks. Police spokesman Michael Dunn said the teller checked and the account had been closed, so police were called. When police took Staten into custody, he bit an officer's arm, Dunn said. The officer was not seriously injured, he said. Three others were arrested: Camera Goins, 19, of Tampa; Dmetrics Harris, 19, of Valrico; and Dontrell McFadden, 20, of Tampa.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Bail bondsman, brother jailed
The bail bondsman and his brother who took down a Pinellas County man in a busy Pasco County government office last week are now under arrest. New Port Richey police on Wednesday arrested Donald Ray Lowman, 44, of Gulfport on charges he is a felon who acted as a bail bond agent. His twin brother, David Lee Lowman of Clearwater, is charged with knowingly allowing a felon to act as a bail bond agent. They were each being held in the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.
TEEN SHOT: A 16-year-old shot in the stomach Tuesday evening at a house in Moon Lake remained hospitalized Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to figure out what happened. Russell Litten taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after he was shot with a small-caliber rifle. He remained in stable condition Wednesday, a Pasco sheriff's spokesman said.
meth arrest: A 47-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Tuesday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after Pasco deputies said they found methamphetamine-laced coffee filters in his home. Bill "Guy" Mourer is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on a $20,000 bail. This is his first arrest in Florida, according to state records.