1 killed, 1 hurt in hit-and-run; man arrested
A hit-and-run crash left one man dead and a woman critically injured around 11 p.m. Friday. Port Richey police have arrested Michael Richard Long, 47, but did not release more information about him. The victims appeared to be crossing U.S. 19 at Ridge Road. The male victim, who died at the scene, is believed to be in his 20s. The woman, believed to be in her 30s, is in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Identities are being withheld until relatives have been notified, police said.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Man faces charge of sex with minor
Paul A. Herndon, 31, first told deputies that he knew his girlfriend was only 17 and that the sex they were having — at her house, in her bedroom — was illegal. Then he changed it a bit, saying that he didn't really know it was illegal until a few weeks ago, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Regardless, Herndon — who lives in New Port Richey — was arrested Friday morning on a charge of unlawful sex with a minor. His arrest report says that the victim told deputies that the sex was consensual. Herndon said they were in a relationship that has lasted at least several months. He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.