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Man stopped with $1.5-million in truck, Sheriff's Office says


Deputies: Man stopped with $1.5M in truck

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office stopped a New Port Richey man on a federal drug warrant and found nearly $1.5-million and about 3 ounces of marijuana in his 2001 Dodge truck, officials said Thursday. Acting on a request from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, vice and narcotics detectives stopped the driver of the truck last Friday at Bass Lake Drive and Ridge Road. Police dogs KT and Missy helped point to drugs in the truck. Johnathan Mortimer, 46, of 9326 Elaine Drive, was arrested on a federal warrant from Louisiana for illegal interstate travel and possession of cocaine, oxycodone and methamphetamine. Mortimer's wife, Kathryn, 45, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of about a half-ounce of marijuana, trafficking in hydrocodone and possession of a controlled substance. The money is considered evidence. But once the case is resolved, and if Johnathan Mortimer is found guilty, the money would probably be forfeited, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. "And then there's a chance that the law enforcement involved would have a share in the money and the truck," he said.


Woman killed in motorcycle crash

A 42-year-old Land O'Lakes woman died Wednesday evening when the motorcycle she was riding on collided with a car. Kim Roberts was the passenger on the motorcycle, driven by Michael Gizzi, also 42, of Brandon. The motorcycle was headed north on U.S. 19 near Tampa Road about 10 p.m. when a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, driven by 89-year-old Gustav Harder of Palm Harbor, turned in front of them, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The collision threw Roberts and Gizzi off the motorcycle. Roberts, who was wearing a small half-shell helmet, was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where she died a short time later. Gizzi, who was not wearing a helmet, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with critical injuries. Harder was not injured.


A train ride? With Santa? You bet!

The Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad, formed in 2007 to preserve railroad heritage and build a replica track and working train in Crews Lake Wilderness Park in west Pasco, will offer train rides with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crews Lake Park in Shady Hills. For more information, call (813) 994-1515 or visit

Pasco deaths

Calano, Antoinette

Campbell, Lois Leah

Cash, Edward L.

Doyle, Cevin Conway

Gordon, Charles

Gould, Claire Mary

Joslin, Elizabeth D.

Kahl-Winter, Hazel (Janice)

Mappus, Charlotte C.

Marsh, Anne

Rizzitano, Donald J.

Santinga, Nancy Jane

Wiegand, Marie H.

Man stopped with $1.5-million in truck, Sheriff's Office says 12/11/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 19, 2008 3:16pm]
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