Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Man accused of threatening Ross employee

PORT RICHEY

Man accused of threatening Ross Employee

A 66-year-old man is accused of cornering a Ross employee in the clothing store's restroom, holding up a condom and telling her they were going to use it "whether you like it or not." Donald Baker had followed the 21-year-old employee around the store about 8 p.m. March 1, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. He made her uncomfortable and she asked him to leave the store at 9576 U.S. 19. She said she was going to clean the restroom and if he was still there when she returned, "she was going to call someone to escort him out of the store," a report states. Instead, Baker followed her into the bathroom and tried to grab her, but the woman punched him in the face and escaped, the Sheriff's Office says. The store did not report the incident until the following day, authorities said. Baker, who is homeless, went to the Ross store again on Thursday. Employees who recognized him called the Sheriff's Office and a deputy arrested him. Baker is charged with false imprisonment and battery. He remained Friday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $50,150 bail.

COUNTYWIDE

Deputies arrest 91 in warrant roundup

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office worked with other law enforcement agencies on a large warrants sweep this week resulting in the arrest of 91 people. The suspects were rounded up Wednesday and Thursday on 90 misdemeanor warrants, 45 felony warrants, three juvenile pickup orders and six child support warrants. Some suspects were picked up on multiple warrants. The Sheriff's Office vice tactical narcotics team also made 27 drug-related arrests, separate from "Operation Clean Streets." The other agencies involved in the effort included the New Port Richey Police Department, the Dade City Police Department, the Zephyrhills Police Department, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Probation and Parole.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Winner of Kia Soul will find out today

The 17 finalists who donated blood at drives from November through February will receive keys at noon today and one of the keys will unlock the winner's 2012 Kia Soul at Friendly Kia, 5819 U.S. 19. The event features a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the giveaway at noon, a money machine in which people can try to grab some of $1,000 cash, and free food from Mezzaluna Pizzeria and Ristorante. Everyone who donates blood in the drive gets a "Luck of the Donor" T-shirt, a coupon for a free oil change and entry into a drawing to win a Yupster Package. A Yupster Package is a "spa weekend" for your car, or a weekend of full detailing, an oil change and a full tank of gas, while you drive a Kia Sorento or Sportage. For information call (727) 264-0805.

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