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    North Pinellas digest

    By Times staff reports

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 27, 2001

    Charges filed in hit-and-run

    TARPON SPRINGS -- Tarpon Springs police Sunday charged a Pasco County man in a hit-and-run accident in which an officer on a marked police bicycle was struck by a pickup truck last month.

    Police said Maverick W. Symonette, 37, of 10215 Old Hickory Lane, Port Richey, was illegally dumping drywall on Tarpon Avenue on Feb. 26 when Officer Derek Anderson approached him and identified himself as a police officer. Symonette got into his blue Ford pickup and accelerated toward Anderson, who backed away, police said.

    The front of the truck hit the bicycle, which struck Anderson in the right knee and forced him to the ground. Anderson suffered minor injuries to his knee. Police said Symonette drove away and was arrested Sunday.

    He was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a vehicle, reckless driving, refusal to sign citations, failure to obey a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. He was being held Monday at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $55,750 bail.

    Plant's odors likely to increase

    TARPON SPRINGS -- City officials said Monday that the odor at the city's waste water treatment plant probably will increase for the next two weeks because of maintenance work. City workers will repair a broken piece of equipment at the plant, which is across the street from City Hall.

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