Driver with 3 DUI convictions is stopped again
When a deputy saw a driver weaving between lanes and going off the road in a southbound lane on the Suncoast Parkway on Thursday afternoon, he pulled him over and soon discovered that the man had a lengthy history of traffic offenses. Carlos Santana, who has three DUI convictions dating back to 2003 and whose driver's license has been revoked 15 times, now faces several more charges. Santana, 30, of Lutz told deputies that he had consumed a beer and had taken four pills, including oxycodone and methocarbamol, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report. Santana, who had a set of brass knuckles in his pants pocket, refused to take a breath test, the report said. He was arrested on his fourth DUI charge, along with three other related charges.
Woman charged in exploitation case
A 21-year-old woman is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from an 89-year-old man with dementia who is now deceased. Stephanie R. Caruana of Port Richey was arrested Thursday. She is charged with exploitation of the elderly. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Caruana was a friend of the victim's family and lived with him on Sleepy Hollow Lane. From November until his death in early January, Caruana forged the victim's name and wrote 12 of his checks to herself, a report said. She also didn't pay $8,693 owed to the 24-hour nursing service that cared for the victim, authorities said. Caruana was being held in the county jail Friday in lieu of $2,000 bail.
Learn about pets and adopting them
The public is invited to meet two- and four-legged representatives of pet adoption agencies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday at Pet Fanatic Boutique and Grooming, 1532 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Folks from GREAT Greyhound, Florida Boxer Rescue, DARE (Dachshund Adoption, Rescue and Education), Schnauzer Love Rescue, St. Francis Society Animal Rescue and Kitty City will appear today, and the same groups, except for DARE and the St. Francis Society, will appear again Sunday. East West Animal Hospital representatives will answer pet questions both days. For information, call (813) 428-6999.
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