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Man arrested for leaving drum of hazardous waste on Hudson property

SHADY HILLS

Leaving drum of waste results in man's arrest

A 43-year-old man is accused of leaving a 55-gallon drum full of 700 pounds of hazardous chemicals on someone else's property. Robert E. Barnes of 15610 Juliet's Court in Hudson was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Barnes is charged with dumping hazardous waste. An arrest report states the drum held chemicals used for chrome plating materials and witnesses said Barnes abandoned the drum on the property in early 2009. According to the Pasco County Property Appraiser, the plot off Memory Lane is 3.52 acres and designated as "vacant residential." As of Thursday, Barnes was being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

PORT RICHEY

Alzheimer's patient victim of theft

A 34-year-old man is accused of charging $2,782 on credit cards stolen from an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient. The cards were stolen in Hernando County and used at Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey in 2008, according to a report. Dexter W. Castro of Spring Hill was charged Wednesday with fraudulent use of a credit card. Castro — who has tattoos of prison bars and skulls on his leg and a full sleeve of flames, demons and women on his arm — is currently serving a prison term of one year and seven months for exploiting the elderly, fraudulent use of personal identity, grand theft and four counts of uttering forged bills. He was transferred to the Pasco County jail to be booked on the new charge. A report from the Sheriff's Office states the stolen credit cards were used to buy jewelry. The report does not say how Castro obtained the cards.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Counties put their water in taste test

Who has the best tasting water in the region? You can put in your two cents today at the Florida State American Water Works Association's 2010 Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest. The public is invited to participate in the tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alice Hall, 38116 Fifth Ave., as systems from the seven-county area — Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter — peddle their samples. Zephyrhills is the defending champion for the region. Pasco County will submit a sample from its Autumn Oaks well, the 2006 Best Tasting Drinking Water winner for the state. The regional winner will go on to the state competition April 8 in Tallahassee; and the state winner will compete in June at the association's national conference in Chicago.

Man arrested for leaving drum of hazardous waste on Hudson property 02/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2010 9:42pm]
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