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Police reports

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 11, 2001

Port Richey man accused of battery and robbery

A 38-year-old Port Richey man was charged over the weekend with robbing his girlfriend of her purse, battering her and throwing a man from a moving car, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

The three separate incidents all occurred within two hours and 10 minutes Saturday night, deputies said.

Michael Lester White of 9013 Pegasus Ave. faces charges of robbery by sudden snatching, aggravated battery, obstruction by providing false information, domestic battery and simple battery, deputies said.

About 4:20 p.m., White pushed William McPherson out of the passenger side of a vehicle inside the In-Town Mobile Park, according to his arrest report. He was driving about 35 mph.

Less than an hour later at his home, White grabbed the purse of his live-in girlfriend, Leslie Martin, threw it on the roof of their house, then grabbed it and hid it from her, according to the report.

About an hour and 15 minutes later, he grabbed Martin's arm and twisted it, the report said.

While deputies were investigating the car incident, White gave them a false name, his arrest report says.

White was held Monday afternoon at county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Elks announce winners of emergency staff awards

The New Port Richey Elks Lodge No. 2284 handed out its annual law enforcement and firefighter awards at a banquet on Saturday night.

West Pasco fire and law enforcement agencies submitted three names to the Elks Lodge, which selected a winner from each, said Lodge esquire Charles "Bo" Outlaw.

The winners were:

  • Deputy Troy Law, Pasco County Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year.
  • Officer Michael Koch, Port Richey Police Officer of the Year.
  • Officer Shannon George, New Port Richey Police Officer of the Year.
  • Firefighters Douglas Swartz and Donald Snipes, Pasco County Fire Rescue Firefighters of the Year.
  • Capt. Alex Onishenko, New Port Richey Firefighter of the Year.
  • Capt. Robert Gupton, Port Richey Firefighter of the Year.
  • Firefighter Mike Crockett, Magnolia Valley Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.

Pasco Sheriff's Office to hold a gun buyback

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office will trade gift certificates for guns Saturday.

For the third consecutive year, the Sheriff's Office will participate in Cease Fire Tampa Bay Gun Buy Back.

Guns can be turned in from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at three locations: county jail, 20101 Central Blvd. in Land O'Lakes; east Pasco Sheriff's Office, 37312 Howard Ave. in Dade City; and the west Pasco Sheriff's Office, 8700 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey.

People who turn in guns will receive $50 gift certificates from Beall's department stores, Beall's Outlet stores or Winn-Dixie MarketPlace. There is a limit of three gift certificates per person.

Deputies will not issue gift certificates in exchange for air rifles, BB guns and guns missing major parts.

Law enforcement agencies from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties will also participate in this year's event. They use drug forfeiture money to buy gift certificates at a reduced rate.

Last year 307 guns were collected in Pasco. The collected guns are destroyed.

For questions about the gun buyback, call toll free 1-800-682-3217.

Victim killed on U.S. 19 was a homeless woman

NEW PORT RICHEY -- The woman killed Saturday night on U.S. 19 has been identified as Peggy Galonek Shrum, 43, a homeless woman, New Port Richey police said.

Shrum was identified by her fingerprints, Officer Keith Campbell said.

Shrum was hit by at least two cars near South Road, Campbell said. Police were trying Monday to determine if she was first hit by another car.

Anyone with information about the accident was asked to call Campbell at (727) 841-4550.

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