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Authorities arrest sexual predator living near school

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 28, 2000

PORT RICHEY -- A 25-year-old sexual predator who authorities said was living across the street from a school was arrested Friday night.

Detective John Connolly said he and two other officers found Scott Keith at a home at 8417 Monarch St. on Friday night.

According to authorities, Keith was wanted for violating his probation. He had been convicted of a charge of sexual battery of a child under the age of 12 in Orange County, officers said, and was living across the street from Bishop Larkin School. That was a violation of his probation, according to a report.

When Connolly and the officers tried to arrest him at 8 p.m., Keith tried to run out the front door.

When deputies grabbed him, Keith struggled, then tried to run away as he was placed in a cruiser. Connolly chased Keith and tackled him, according to a report, and Keith kicked him in the leg.

Keith, who is an unemployed plumber, was charged with violating his probation, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. He is being held without bail.

Operation cracks down on traffic violations Friday

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Law enforcement officers wrote hundreds of citations and arrested more than a dozen people Friday night and Saturday morning during a countywide crackdown on bad driving.

A total of eight people were charged with drunken driving; six people were charged with other offenses.

Officers wrote 123 citations and handed out 54 warnings, many for speeding and non-moving violations.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Highway Patrol and police departments from New Port Richey, Port Richey, Dade City and Zephyrhills participated in the wolf pack, which is a traffic-enforcement initiative.

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