Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man on bike in Holiday not quick enough to elude Pasco sheriff's cruiser

HOLIDAY

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.

DADE CITY

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.

LAND O'LAKES

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.

Man on bike in Holiday not quick enough to elude Pasco sheriff's cruiser 04/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2011 8:06am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Video: Rays Souza on that oh-so-bad dive, and reaction from Twins fans

    Blogs

    What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking when he made that oh-so-bad dive for a ball in the seventh inning Friday? Well, we'll let him tell you ...

  2. What was Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. thinking on that comically bad dive?

    Blogs

    What could Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. been thinking in the seventh inning Friday when he dove for a ball and came up yards short?

    Actually, he insisted after all the laughing, teasing and standing ovation from the Twins fans was done, it was a matter of self-preservation.

  3. Judge tosses life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

    Nation

    McLEAN, Va. — A federal judge on Friday tossed out two life sentences for one of Virginia's most notorious criminals, sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings.

    A federal judge has tossed out two life sentences for D.C. sniper shooter Lee Boyd Malvo. [Associated Press, 2004]
  4. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser, dies

    News

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the hawkish strategic theorist who was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter in the tumultuous years of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1970s, died on Friday at a hospital in Virginia. He was 89.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, participates in Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on March 5, 2009, in Washington, D.C. [Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]
  5. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win

    Colleges

    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.