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Fingerprints identify pedestrian killed on U.S. 19 in New Port Richey


Pedestrian identified by fingerprints

A pedestrian killed while crossing U.S. 19 on Jan. 23 has been identified as Marquis Jackson Ward Ratcliffe Jr.

New Port Richey police said Ratcliffe was identified from fingerprints and that investigators have been unable to locate any relatives.

Ratcliffe was hit by a 1998 Cadillac DeVille at 10:43 p.m. in the 6400 block of U.S. 19 while walking east across the northbound lanes. The driver of the car, Susan M. Storer, 56, of Hudson was not injured or charged.

Anyone with information about this case should call Officer Christopher Denton at (727) 841-4550, ext. 306.


Police: Drunk man on way to get more beer

One six pack just wasn't enough. Kenneth Stuck, 44, told the New Port Richey Police Department he was on his way to buy more beer Sunday night when they arrested him on disorderly intoxication charges, according to a report.

Stuck, "who was extremely intoxicated," stepped into traffic on U.S. 19 near Cross Bayou Boulevard about 7 p.m., the report said. A southbound car had to swerve to avoid hitting Stuck, who tried to "punch" the vehicle as it passed.

Stuck was still at the Land O'Lakes jail Monday afternoon on $150 bail.


Vandals target Quail Hollow Elementary

Pasco County Sheriff's deputies are investigating multiple acts of vandalism that occurred Thursday night or Friday morning at Quail Hollow Elementary School.

Several of the school's doors had been tied shut with a garden hose, according to a report. A school employee found the hose, and a pair of men's underwear on one door, on Friday morning.

Deputies who responded to the scene also reported that several lights near the school's exits were broken. There was also graffiti on a shed used to hold physical education equipment and a hole in a chain link fence.

The Sheriff's Office said there was about $270 total in damage to the building.


Man batters pregnant wife, deputies say

A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday after Pasco sheriff's deputies said he grabbed his pregnant wife by the neck during an argument.

Andres Martinez allegedly grabbed his wife's arm and when she pulled away, he took hold of her neck and pushed her against the kitchen wall, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The woman told deputies she was not injured and refused medical care.

Martinez was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant person.

He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Monday without bail.

Fingerprints identify pedestrian killed on U.S. 19 in New Port Richey 02/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 23, 2009 9:18pm]
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