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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 14, 2001


Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A New Port Richey man on his way home from a night at one of his favorite bars was the victim of the third fatal hit-and-run accident in Pasco County in the past two weeks.

Lawrence V. "Larry" Tittle, 56, of 7149 Parison Drive was riding his bicycle east on Massachusetts Avenue about 11 p.m. Tuesday when a vehicle struck his bike from behind before fleeing. Tittle and his bike landed in the grassy median in front of Maclura Drive, about 100 yards from his own street.

According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Tittle was not wearing a helmet and had been drinking. A bartender friend said Tittle had spent the evening at the Sail Inn bar on Massachusetts Avenue, where he was a regular customer.

Florida law enforcement records show that Tittle had several convictions for driving under the influence and a conviction for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run where there were injuries.

The suspect's vehicle is blue with possible minor damage to the left front and side. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Richard Kraus at (727) 841-4181, ext. 123, or the Florida Highway Patrol dispatch at (800) 500-1240.

The highway patrol has handled 52 fatalities so far this year in Pasco County. By this time last year, only 32 fatalities had occurred.

Deliveryman charged with breaking into home

SPRING HILL -- A delivery person for the St. Petersburg Times was arrested at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday and charged with attempting to break into an unoccupied home.

Ryan Scott Harris, 21, of 17731 Montverde Drive, Spring Hill, told Pasco sheriff's deputies that his girlfriend had given him permission to pry the doors of the home open because she had not had time to give him a key. Harris attempted without success to pry open a front window and then the rear door, using a spackling knife. He then took a swim in the pool after being unable to enter the home on Crossandra Lane.

A neighbor who had been watching the home while its owners were on vacation told deputies that no one by the name of Harris' girlfriend lived in the home, reports stated. Deputies charged Harris with attempted burglary of a residence.

He was being held at the county jail in Land O'Lakes Wednesday night in lieu of a $10,000 bail.

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