Man suspected of shooting at deputy arrested
The 33-year-old man who was suspected of shooting at a Pasco sheriff's deputy Monday night was arrested Wednesday evening on charges of attempted murder. Deputies said Theofohilus Himber Burns was seen sitting on a porch at 37330 Oak St. about 6:30 p.m. and taken into custody without incident. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Steven Napoleon was responding about 10:30 p.m. Monday to a call about shots fired at the Dade Oaks Apartments, at Acorn Loop and 14th Street, when a man pointed a handgun at him. Napoleon took cover in his car as the man shot at him at least once. The deputy, who was not injured, chased the gunman but lost him. Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay offered a $1,000 reward for tips leading to the shooter, and on Wednesday the Sheriff's Office identified Burns as its suspect. His criminal record includes a 1994 conviction for manslaughter. Burns remains at the Land O'Lakes jail, where he is being held without bail.
Man accused of child sexual abuse
A 71-year-old man is in jail after two children told authorities he sexually abused them. The reported victims were a 6-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. David Charles Sutton, of 7638 Maryland Ave. in Hudson, was arrested Wednesday morning on two counts of capital sexual battery. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday without bail. According to the Pasco Sheriff's Office report, the abuse happened June 17 in Hudson. The report says after the abuse, Sutton told the children to "never tell anyone."
Proposed school site passes hurdle
County administrators on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a proposed elementary school about a half-mile south of State Road 54. The nearly 81,000-square-foot school is proposed for a 22-acre site on the east side of Community Drive, just west of Gunn Highway. It would accommodate about 760 students and relieve crowding at Oakstead and Longleaf — Pasco's two most crowded elementary schools. The Development Review Committee's approval was contingent on county staff's review of a traffic study. The proposal is scheduled to come before the County Commission next month. The Pasco school district hopes to open the school in 2010.