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Police: New Port Richey motorcyclist, fearing costly tickets, tried to run over Tarpon Springs officer

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Police: Fearing costly tickets, man attacked

A New Port Richey man who said he couldn't afford traffic tickets took an unusual approach to saving a few bucks Monday night when he tried to run over a police officer who tried to stop him, authorities said. Gavin K. Schoeman is facing charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday after posting $25,000 bail. According to arrest reports, a Tarpon Springs officer tried to stop Schoeman after he saw him speeding and swerving on U.S. 19, then driving in the wrong lane on Tarpon Avenue about 7 p.m. The officer turned on his lights and siren and followed Schoeman's motorcycle. The officer said Schoeman ran a stop sign at Tarpon Avenue and S Spring Boulevard, then pulled into a subdivision. When the officer got out of his police SUV, Schoeman drove directly toward him, according to reports. Schoeman then resisted arrest and hit the officer in his chest and abdomen several times, reports said. After he was taken into custody, Schoeman said he knew the officer was trying to pull him over but fled because "he couldn't afford the tickets," reports said.


Teen arrested in shooting at party

An 18-year-old man is accused of shooting at a crowd of partygoers Saturday night after an argument. No one was injured, but a bullet punctured the home, which was occupied at the time, at 1350 S Michigan Ave. Police said Morris Jovan Miller was at a party being held for a 16-year-old at the home when he got into an argument about 11:45 p.m. Partygoers were escorting Miller away from the home when he "broke loose, removed a handgun from his waistband and fired eight times at persons outside the house," an arrest report said. People ran to escape the bullets, and Miller ran from the scene, reports state. Miller, of 2583 Countryside Blvd., No. 304, was arrested Sunday on multiple counts of aggravated assault.


Man accused of abusing two girls

An Oldsmar man is accused of sexually abusing two girls in a case that goes back to the mid 1990s. Benjamin P. Ice, 51, of 644 Timber Bay Circle W, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12. The victims in the case are now adult women, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. They reported that Ice had repeatedly sexually abused them as children at his previous home in unincorporated Pinellas near Seminole. One woman said he had abused her between 1994 and 1996; the other said she was victimized by Ice between 2001 and 2005. During those time frames, the women were between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. The women were not identified because of the nature of the crimes. It's unclear how they knew Ice. Detectives fear there are more victims. They ask anyone with information to call Detective Eugene Paniccia at (727) 582-6779.

Police: New Port Richey motorcyclist, fearing costly tickets, tried to run over Tarpon Springs officer 10/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:05pm]
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