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34-year-old injured in early morning hit-and-run

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000


NEW PORT RICHEY -- A 34-year-old man was the victim of a hit-and-run accident early Thursday on Grand Boulevard near Dahlia Avenue, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

Harry Bruder of 4934 Daphne St. was walking south on the east side of Grand when a red hatchback car passed him and his friend, backed up across the street, hit him and sped off, deputies said.

Bruder, who was taken to Community Hospital, suffered a 3-inch cut on the back of his head as well as cuts on his face, deputies said.

The victim and his friend were on their way at 5 a.m. to get a sandwich at a convenience store before going fishing, said Doug Batchelder, the victim's friend.

Neither the victim nor his friend could provide any information about possible suspects, deputies said.

Man arrested on false imprisonment charges

PORT RICHEY -- A 24-year-old Kenneth City man was arrested Thursday and charged with the May false imprisonment of a Ridgewood High School student, deputies said.

A juvenile was arrested previously in connection with the May 14 incident.

That afternoon, deputies said, 14-year-old Jimmy Leon was riding his bicycle on Gray Fox Lane past a group of skateboarders. Some of the skateboarders yelled at him and chased him in a car driven by Adam Matthew Hanley of 5761 72nd St. N in Kenneth City.

When they caught up to the victim, deputies said, they tackled him, threw him in the back of the car and brought him back to the house where they were skateboarding. Inside the garage, they told him they wanted to fight.

The confrontation was interrupted by a person whose name police would not release, and the victim was taken by car back to the spot where he was tackled, deputies said.

Hanley posted $1,000 bond Friday and was released.

Adult, juvenile arrested, charged in home break-in

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A man and a juvenile were arrested Thursday and charged with breaking into a New Port Richey house last weekend in an attempt to steal prescription drugs, deputies said.

Verne Lewis Martin II, 25, of 5721 Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey and a juvenile were charged with home invasion, deputies said.

Another juvenile has also been arrested in connection with the case, deputies said.

While wearing hoods and masks, Martin and the juveniles broke into the front door of a James Street house early Sunday with handguns, deputies said. They demanded "bars," a slang term for Xanax, an anti-anxiety sedative.

Martin was being held Friday afternoon at the Land O' Lakes jail on $50,000 bail. He was also being held on two previous warrants, each on $1,000 bail.

Dog shot after alleged chicken-chasing

LACOOCHEE -- A 53-year-old man shot and killed his neighbor's dog Thursday after he said the dog chased his chickens through his yard, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Johnny Morgan of 38620 State Road 575 said he had seen the 11/2-year-old yellow mutt running around the area several times in the past couple of months, deputies said. He thought the dog had killed two of his chickens.

Jennifer Michelle Hutchinson, 21, of 21032 Slaughter Road came home in the afternoon and noticed the dog, Odie, was missing. Her mother told her she had heard a gunshot earlier so Hutchinson started to search for the dog. She found him dead behind Morgan's house.

Morgan said he shot the dog, according to deputies, but he did not know it belonged to his neighbor. The dog did not have any tags, Hutchinson said.

Morgan later buried the dog on his property.

The only times he has ever seen the dog, Morgan said, was when it was running around the neighborhood. Hutchinson said he should have know it was her dog.

The Sheriff's Office transferred the case to Pasco County Animal Control for further investigation.

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