Bike not quick enough to elude sheriff cruiser
Robert Sparks looked over his shoulder at the cruiser behind him, lights flashing, siren screaming, and he was faced with the split second decision of whether to pull over or flee.
The 49-year-old with a wavy, salt-and-pepper mullet faced forward toward the open road.
He pedaled harder.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Sparks was on his blue bicycle at 1 p.m. Thursday when he blew through a stop sign at Lullaby Drive and Bonita Road.
Not able to shake the cruiser on the road, Sparks decided to serpentine between houses.
This appeared successful until Sparks fell over, giving the deputy an opportunity to arrest him, a report states. Sparks fled and gave a false name to law enforcement because he had a needle full of cocaine and two warrants for his arrest out of Pinellas County for failing to appear in court on charges of fraudulent use of personal identification, authorities said.
Sparks, of Holiday, faces charges in Pasco of resisting arrest, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and giving false identification to law enforcement.
He is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Kids can't rouse sitter after 2 'strong drinks'
The eldest children banged pots and pans for 45 minutes to try to wake him up, and when they couldn't, they ran for help.
According to the New Port Richey Police Department, Stephen D. Smith, 24, was in charge of three children Thursday evening when he passed out at his home at 4929 Cherry Court. The eldest children are ages 8 and 10. The youngest was an 8-month-old baby, who was found by paramedics crawling underneath a desk by electrical wires, a police report states. Paramedics arrived about 8 p.m. and had to give Smith a sternum rub to wake him up, authorities said.
Smith told investigators he had two "strong drinks" before coming home from work. His arrest report says he is a server, but does not state where he works. More information from the New Port Richey Police Department was not available Friday.
Smith was arrested and charged with child neglect. He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Man sent risque photo to girl, 15, charges say
A 20-year-old man is accused of sending a photo of his genitals to a 15-year-old girl.
Anthony Lamar James Jr. was arrested Thursday and charged with distribution of obscene material.
This is not the first time James has been accused of doing this.
In 2008, when he was 18, James took a child's phone while he was at a public library, snapped a photo of his own crotch and then sent the photo to the child's mother, authorities said. The mother was offended and concerned for her child's safety, and reported the matter to police.
James, of 13520 Wilson St. in the Carver Heights neighborhood of Dade City, was still at the downtown Hugh Embry library when police officers arrived. He tried to run but was caught and said he didn't mean to send the photo of his penis to the mother.
He later pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty to the charges of obscene material, resisting arrest and battery.
Dade City police say they also plan to charge James with lewd and lascivious battery, because he had sexual contact with the 15-year-old girl in the latest case. James is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Cigarette butt DNA leads to theft suspect
A thief broke into a Jeep parked on Bellehurst Loop in September and stole a pair of sunglasses. The robber left behind a Newport cigarette butt, which was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The DNA from the cigarette matched Ricardo Kostyk, a 19-year-old who is on felony probation for burglary, authorities said. Kostyk, of 3222 Whitley Bay Court in Land O'Lakes, was arrested Friday and charged with auto burglary.
He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Kostyk, who works as a stocker at Walmart in Land O'Lakes, denied entering the car. But he "admitted to smoking Newport cigarettes," a report states.