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Man charged in fatal hit-and-run

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 29, 2000

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Police have identified the victim of a fatal hit-and-run traffic accident and charged a local man in connection with the crime.

Thomas Matthew Slater, 25, of New Port Richey was killed. Authorities found his body between Canopy Oaks Court and Congress Street on Nebraska Avenue at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday.

On Monday morning, police arrested Matthew Thomas Blicharz, 21, of 10058 Hermosillo Drive in New Port Richey, and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, which is a felony.

Blicharz was booked at the police station and taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes, where he was released on $10,000 bail.

Sheriff's deputies report assault at man's house

PORT RICHEY -- Two Pasco County Sheriff's deputies were assaulted while responding to a domestic disturbance Monday night.

When Deputies Kim Norris and Joseph Liddick went to 9311 Estelle St. in Port Richey, Randall Russell Lee refused to let them onto his property, a report said.

Lee, 36, slammed a gate at the deputies, hitting Norris in the right leg and foot, then pushed the two deputies.

When the officers told Lee he was under arrest, he ran around his home, throwing items behind him, attempting to hit the officers.

Lee and Liddick ran into the house, the report said, and Lee ran into his 9-year-old daughter's room. Deputies said Lee fled into a nearby home, where he was arrested. He is being held at the county jail in Land O'Lakes.

He was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting without violence. Bail was set at $5,000.

Man on porch exposed himself, police say

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A 49-year-old construction worker was arrested Monday after police said he exposed himself to a 6-year-old girl.

Larry Carl Gray of 5415 Bridge St., New Port Richey, was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16.

On Monday, the 6-year-old girl told her mother that she was playing with a cat outside Gray's home when she looked up and saw Gray sitting on his porch, according to New Port Richey police.

The girl said Gray exposed himself and asked her if she wanted to touch him, police said.

Gray denied the incident and said he did not see a little girl outside, according to a police report.

Gray was taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes, where he being held on $5,000 bail.

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