NEW PORT RICHEY
Motorcyclist dies at hospital after crash
A 60-year-old motorcyclist died late Tuesday after a crash on Massachusetts Avenue. Bruce G. Oliver of New Port Richey was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson bike east on Massachusetts Avenue, or County Road 587, just east of Keena Street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Oliver struck a curb and was thrown from the bike, a trooper said. He died at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.
Pasco boaters reach Greenland
The Pasco brothers crossing the Atlantic in a 21-foot fishing boat have reached Greenland. Hoping to raise $3 million for six veterans organizations with their 6,200-mile voyage to Germany, Ralph and Robert Brown faced 9-foot swells and freezing waters in their 600-mile crossing from Newfoundland to Greenland, one of their longest stretches in open water. It took them six days. They reached a refueling station in Kagsimiut (population 47) with only one quart of gas left. The brothers are traceable by GPS and are posting their progress via satellite phone on their blog at crosstheatlantic.com/blog.html.
Weed killer rage blamed in attack
Authorities say a 53-year-old home care giver was so enraged by his neighbor spraying Roundup weed killer along their shared fence line that he punched the man in his face and then hit him in the head with a small wooden club. A report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office says Steven L. Chatlos and the neighbor — 46-year-old Barry Chapman — have had minor scuffles before Tuesday afternoon's flareup. The report says Chapman's parents live next door to Chatlos on Florida Ranch Boulevard in Zephyrhills. Chapman's current medical condition is unknown, although the report says the crack to the head caused a small laceration. Chatlos is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday on $10,000 bail.
Tire seller accused of faking receipts
A tire salesman faked receipts so he could get nearly $8,000 in commissions on tires he never sold, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. John D. Haas, a 58-year-old who lives in Tarpon Springs, was arrested Tuesday and charged with scheme to defraud. His arrest report says Haas submitted false transactions from November 2007 to January 2009 while employed as a tire salesman at Superior Auto Center at 27342 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. His current job is listed as a manager at Tuffy Auto Service Center in Land O'Lakes. Haas was released from jail Tuesday on $5,000 bail.