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Robber takes cash from Lane Glo Bowling Alley

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 24, 2000

PORT RICHEY -- With a hard metal object pointed at his back, the general manager of the Lane Glo bowling alley was forced to open the business' safe and hand over an undisclosed amount of cash to a robber Monday morning.

The manager, whose name is being withheld by the Times because no suspect has been arrested, told deputies that he entered the Ridge Road business at 5:30 a.m. and an unknown person came up behind him and directed him into the office.

The robber told the manager to open the safe and place money into a black, plastic bag. The robber then ran out of the building, deputies said.

Authorities aren't releasing the amount of cash that was stolen, and said the incident was referred to the Crimes Against Persons unit at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

18-year-old charged with battery on EMT

NEW PORT RICHEY -- An 18-year-old man was charged with punching an emergency medical technician while in the waiting room of a local hospital as the rescue worker tried to help the man.

Thomas J. Carrano of 7027 Woodhall Ave., was being treated at Community Hospital on Monday night when he punched the EMT in the chest, according to New Port Richey Police.

Carrano was charged with battery on an emergency medical technician and was booked at the county jail in Land O'Lakes. He was being held Tuesday night on $10,000 bail.

Police did not say why Carrano was being treated at the hospital.

Marble bench stolen from Grace Memorial Gardens

HUDSON -- A solid marble bench was stolen from Grace Memorial Gardens, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's report.

The white $600 bench was discovered missing on Monday, the report said. The memorial gardens are at 17007 U.S. 19.

A maintenance worker called the sheriff's department on Monday to report the theft, which happened sometime over the weekend.

Pasco woman sues sheriff claiming wrongful arrest

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A Pasco County woman filed a lawsuit against the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, saying she was injured while being wrongfully arrested.

Marita Robinson, in her lawsuit, says that on March 6, 1997, she made a call to the Sheriff's Office about a neighborhood dispute. Robinson said that Deputy Chris La Framboise came into her house without a warrant or an invitation and remained there without her consent.

Robinson says that the deputy struck her, injuring her ribs, and arrested her for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Those charges, according to the suit, later were dropped. Robinson said she was unlawfully arrested and La Framboise lied in testimony against her.

The Pasco County Circuit Court suit, which names La Framboise and Sheriff Lee Cannon, asks for $100,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

Sheriff's spokesmen were unavailable Tuesday evening for comment.

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