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Holiday man, 37, charged with manslaughter

NEW PORT RICHEY

Holiday man, 37, is charged with manslaughter

A 37-year-old Holiday man was charged Thursday with DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter for a February crash that killed a woman. The Florida Highway Patrol says Ronald Lee Gramling, of 2415 San Luis Road, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.089 when he crashed into a Kia Sedona driven by Denise Anne Dennis, 35, of Holiday on Little Road on Feb. 1. Dennis was about to turn onto King Helie Boulevard when Gramling's Land Rover veered sharply and traveled over the raised concrete median, FHP said. The two sport utility vehicles hit head-on, and Dennis was killed instantly. Gramling received serious injuries. Florida presumes drivers to be impaired with a 0.08 blood-alcohol level.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Guilty plea brings 18-year sentence

Samuel David Carter, 28, of New Port Richey, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he kidnapped a man at gunpoint over a drug debt. According to authorities, Carter took the man in October 2005 from his truck at a 7-Eleven on U.S. 19 by putting a gun in his face. He then took the man to a house to try to settle the debt. Carter has been in and out of jail and prison for most of the past dozen years, serving time for burglary, grand theft, trafficking in stolen property and selling cocaine. He pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of kidnapping, carjacking, false imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and providing a false name.

Pasco deaths

Ashmore, Kenneth G.

Bouffard, Robert E.

Greene, John L.

Hansen, Odd

Knoebl, Joseph

Latham, Katherine H.

Niedbala, June B.

Riley, Donald Edward

Stead, Diane B.

Taylor, Jackie

Uranyi, Frieda

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Holiday man, 37, charged with manslaughter 10/23/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 26, 2008 1:07pm]
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