By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 25, 2001
Student, 14, arrested on drug, weapon charges
WESLEY CHAPEL -- A 14-year-old Weightman Middle School student was arrested Tuesday after he brought a knife and a bag of marijuana to school, a sheriff's report stated.
The male student from Dade City was searched after administrators received a weapons complaint.
They found he was carrying a silver knife and a small plastic bag of marijuana and a pipe in his left front pocket, the report stated.
The boy was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to the Pasco County juvenile detention center. No further information was available from the center because he is a minor.
Teen charged with theft of construction supplies
WESLEY CHAPEL -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing construction supplies from at least seven unfinished houses in Pasco County.
The boy, who listed his occupation as a construction worker, confessed to the burglaries and took deputies around to the houses to point out what he had stolen, a sheriff's report stated.
Among the stolen goods: more than 20 boxes of drywall, eight boxes of drywall paste, 10 boxes of shingles, 20 pieces of wood, a door and a box of floor adhesive.
The boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, was charged with seven counts of burglary of a residence. He was taken to the Pasco County juvenile detention center.
Deputies seek man in Dade City carjacking
DADE CITY -- Nicholas Miguel, 22, of Tampa was using the pay phone outside the Road Runner Convenience Store at 36108 State Road 52 on Tuesday night when a man approached and asked him for a cigarette.
Miguel had no idea he soon would end up carjacked.
He told deputies he showed the man an empty pack of cigarettes in his car, saying he had none, then went back to the pay phone.
He said the man then started rummaging through Miguel's car. The suspect then brandished a black revolver and told Miguel, "Let's go for a ride," a sheriff's report stated.
Miguel got into the car, and the man drove them down State Road 52, then turned onto 21st Street.
Finally, the man stopped and demanded money from Miguel. When Miguel said he had no money, the man slapped him on the face, the report stated.
Miguel then gave the man $2, but he wasn't satisfied. When the gunman persisted, Miguel took $200 from his sock and handed it over.
During the robbery, a deputy saw the car riding along on 21st Street with a cracked tail lens. The deputy tried to make a traffic stop on the car.
The suspect jumped out of the car and fled north on 17th Street. Deputies did not pursue him.
Miguel described the robber as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall, about 245 pounds with a scar above his right eyebrow.
He said the man was wearing a white T-shirt, white tennis shoes and dark blue shorts with a light NC, for North Carolina.
Deputies were still searching for the man as of Thursday.
Man charged with having sex with girl
PORT RICHEY -- A 29-year-old man told deputies that he thought he had sex with a 19-year-old woman -- but it turned out to be a 15-year-old girl, authorities said.
Jason L. Burton of 10074 Sleepy Willow Court, Spring Hill, was charged Wednesday with lewd and lascivious conduct. Pasco Sheriff's deputies said Burton gave the girl several shots of alcohol on May 19 and had sex with her at a hotel when she passed out.
Burton, who also was wanted on a Pinellas County warrant, is being held on $111,000 bail at the county jail in Land O'Lakes.
Car rear-ends public transportation bus
HUDSON -- The driver of a Ford Escort rear-ended a Pasco County Public Transportation bus on U.S. 19 Thursday afternoon, and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
The bus was stopped just south of Old Dixie Highway at 1:45 p.m. and had just let passengers disembark when the Escort slammed into the back of the bus, witnesses said.
The driver of the Escort, whose name was unavailable, was taken to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, said Pasco Fire Rescue authorities. A passenger in the car was flown to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
There were three passengers along with the driver on the bus at the time of the crash. One passenger was treated at the scene for minor neck injuries.
Program urges drivers to wear seat belts
Law enforcement agencies around Pasco County are urging motorists to buckle up this Memorial Day weekend, or face paying a fine.
The Florida Highway Patrol, New Port Richey Police, Pasco Sheriff's Office and other area law enforcement officials will crack down on drivers who aren't wearing their seat belts. Officers also will be looking for people who aren't restraining their children in safety seats. The effort has been dubbed "Click It or Ticket."
New Port Richey Capt. Darryl Garman said unmarked police vehicles will be used to target aggressive drivers, tailgaters and motorists who run red lights.
According to statistics from the Florida Highway Patrol, 43 people died on Florida's road last Memorial Day.
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