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Four facing charges in Zephyrhills meth lab bust

ZEPHYRHILLS

Four facing charges in bust of meth lab

Three men and one woman were arrested Tuesday and charged with manufacturing controlled substances after Pasco sheriff's deputies said they found the makings of a methamphetamine lab in a shed near their Sylvan Lane home. Terry Baker, 40, Eric Dean, 39 and Michele Copeland, 31, are at the Pasco County Jail on $10,000 bonds. Bruce London, 55, who was also involved in the alleged lab, faces an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine and has a $15,000 bond. Pasco deputies said they found tubing, glassware and chemicals necessary for the production of methamphetamine on the property.

DADE CITY

Trolley Tour wins top tourism honor

The Dade City Trolley Tour received a Best of Show award at the Governor's Conference on Tourism this week in Orlando. A 30-second commercial advertising the tour's services beat out about 30 other finalists for the Best of Show honor. Jim Guedry, owner of Dade City Business Center which runs the Trolley Tour, accepted the award Monday.

PORT RICHEY

Turn in pills, meds paraphernalia

The Sheriff's Office will have a no-questions-asked pill drop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the front parking lot of Gulfview Square Mall at U.S. 19 and Embassy Boulevard. People can drop off old medications, pills, liquids and needles — a better alternative, officials say, to flushing them or leaving them around the house.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man charged with theft of copper

A New Port Richey man was arrested Tuesday on charges he stripped copper from air conditioning units at a church, a funeral home, a recreation center and a U.S. Post Office, a Pasco sheriff's report said. David Burchett, 19, took copper coils from the units and sold them to a local recycling plant for $558, the report said. He broke units at two other locations but did not take copper from them, the report said. The total damage at all six sites is estimated at more than $16,000. Burchett, of 6743 Old Main St., later confessed to five of the six burglaries, the report said. He faces four counts of grand theft and two counts of burglary of a business. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday on these and other charges in lieu of $76,200 bail.

Pasco deaths

Boles, Shannon

Christie, Eunice Heinkel

Eggers, Robert J.

Guerra, Dr. Luis

Hartman, James Ronald

Klein, George C.

Krueger, Siglinde

LaPonte, Angelina

McHugh, Tammy A.

Miletsky, Albert

Presti, Joseph

Selcz, Richard James

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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Four facing charges in Zephyrhills meth lab bust 08/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2008 3:48pm]
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