Deputies stop truck with meth lab in bed
Authorities found a mobile methamphetamine lab in a truck bed Thanksgiving morning. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a truck on State Road 39 near Pattie Road and found a large backpack with supplies to make meth, including lithium batteries, coffee filters, a gas generator, acid and other items. Two men were arrested: Michael Edward Waldecker, 45, of 2122 Wise Road, and Allen Leon Williams, 37, of 2023 Saunders Road, both in Zephyrhills. Waldecker — who has spent three stints in prison and is a registered sex offender, according to the Florida Department of Corrections — is charged with possession of chemicals for manufacturing controlled substances. He remained at the Pasco County jail on Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail. Williams pushed a deputy and tried to escape, according to a report. He is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of methamphetamines and violating his probation for battery and dealing in stolen property. He is listed as a fugitive by the Florida Department of Corrections. He is being held without bail. A report does not state why the truck was pulled over for a traffic stop.
DUI, child abuse charges for mom
A 42-year-old mother was driving high with two young children in her car when they crashed Thursday night into a guardrail on East Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Jamie Lynn Tyson of 18715 Long Lake Drive in Hudson, is charged with child abuse and DUI with property damage. Tyson told troopers she was on methadone treatments given to her at a hospital, according to a report. The medical condition and ages of the children were not available. Tyson remained at the Land O'Lakes jail on Friday in lieu of $1,000 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Pulitzer-winning play today, Sunday
The Showcase Arts Foundation players will perform the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, a Parable at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.. A donation of $10 will be requested at the door (no advance tickets). This is a first-come, first-seated performance.