Driver sues Times Co. over traffic accident
A man injured in a 2007 rear-end collision on the Suncoast Parkway near State Road 54 has filed suit against the other driver in the crash, who was operating an 18-wheel semitrailer truck owned by the Times Publishing Co.
Bryan Edward Diemer says in his lawsuit that the company, which owns the St. Petersburg Times, negligently maintained its rig and didn't follow federal regulations regarding driver logs and rest time. The suit names Times Publishing as a defendant, along with driver Charles Eberle.
Diemer, whose suit says he was injured in a "violent rear-end collision," seeks more than $15,000 in damages.
Times attorney Alison Steele said she has not yet seen the lawsuit.
Prescription bottles found by dead body
Deputies investigated the death of a man whose body was found early Thursday near U.S. 19 and Casper Road, but the death is not considered suspicious.
Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said three prescription pill bottles were found in the grass near the body with numerous pills missing. There was no trauma to the body, which was sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.
Doll did not release the man's name, pending notification of family members, but he said he was a white man in his mid 40s.
Man arrested on sex charges against girl
The girl told authorities that Joel Hernandez was persistent.
According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Hernandez showed her pornography, exposed himself to her, touched her sexually and sent her text messages promising "it won't hurt" and "I won't get you pregnant."
But the advances were unwelcome — and directed toward a 13-year-old girl, authorities said.
Hernandez, 30, was arrested Wednesday on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd and lascivious battery.
He told deputies he never touched the girl or exposed himself, although he admitted sending the text messages, the sheriff's report said. He said he knew it was wrong and he should never have tried to "get in her space," the report said.
Hernandez, of 7040 Fox Hollow Drive, remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Thursday on $20,000 bail.
Man accused of fondling teen girl
A 62-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on accusations he molested a 14-year-old girl.
James Kupres was playing on the floor with a dog and the girl, when he went over and fondled the girl with her clothes on, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
The girl did not give her permission and asked him to stop, the report said, but when he finished, he asked her if he could do it again.
Kupres, of 9531 Gray Fox Lane, was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $10,000 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Woman hits girlfriend with cat litter box
A spat over prescription drugs turned ugly early Wednesday when Rachel Switzer lost a messy cat fight with her live-in girlfriend, authorities said.
Enraged that Switzer had refused to give her Roxicodone pills, Kristin Stiehler, 23, banged on the front door of their shared home and broke through the door of their bedroom, where Switzer was hiding, New Port Richey police said.
Then, police said, Stiehler picked up a cat litter box and attacked.
By the time the fight was over, Switzer was sprawled on the bed with cat feces on her face, hair and ears and cat litter coating her hair, police said.
Switzer told police she had blacked out after being slapped and choked.
The couple have lived together for six months at 5344 James St.
Police arrested Stiehler and charged her with domestic battery by strangulation. More charges may follow after authorities investigate the Roxicodone pills at issue in the argument, Capt. Jeffrey Harrington said.
Stiehler is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.