DNA evidence links man to New Port Richey rape

NEW PORT RICHEY

DNA evidence links suspect to rape in july

New Port Richey police got the evidence Monday to arrest a man accused of raping a woman in July. That evidence: DNA tests linking James Christian Cregger to semen found on the victim, a 36-year-old woman who knew him. The woman reported the attack in July, but at the time, without enough evidence, police were only able to hold Cregger, 37, on a probation violation until Aug. 1. Police arrested Cregger on Monday at a shopping center on U.S. 19 and Green Key Road. He faces kidnapping and sexual battery charges and remains in Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. "We're just glad we were able to find him as quickly as we did once we got the report identifying him as the donor of the DNA profile," said Lt. Jeff Harrington of New Port Richey Police.

HOLIDAY

Deputies arrest sex offender

A 51-year-old registered sex offender from Holiday was charged Monday with involuntary sexual battery, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Around 2 a.m. Sunday, David Lee O'Vivion came to the home of a woman he knew, the report said, and asked to speak with her. After the woman let him inside, O'Vivion hit her near her left eye, the report said. She fell unconscious on the living room floor, the report said, and O'Vivion raped her. The woman, in her late 30s, regained consciousness and tried to break free, but couldn't, the report said. O'Vivion fled on foot. The name of the victim was withheld because of the nature of allegations. O'Vivion was arrested Monday at his home, 8909 Acme Road, Holiday. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

PORT RICHEY

Services planned for Iraq war vet

Visitation and funeral services are set for Michael "Andy" Mercer, an Iraq war veteran and family businessman who was killed last weekend in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee. Visitations are scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today and Thursday at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 6616 Congress St. in New Port Richey. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Gulfview Grace Brethren Church, 6639 Hammock Road in Port Richey.

Pasco deaths

Benedikt, Florence A.

Burke, Richard Allen

Keller, Natalie L.

Larkin, Bonita "Bonnie"

Mercer, Michael "Andy"

Rocchio, Frank E.

Rowlands, Robert "Bob"

Rowlands, Valerie E.

Smith, Ruth J.

Thomas, Julia C.

Vanselow, William F.

Vetere, Alexander J. Sr.

Wilson, Ronald

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

DNA evidence links man to New Port Richey rape 09/09/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:24pm]

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