Man acquitted in girl's rape, kidnapping
A 32-year-old man who spent 16 months in jail on charges he kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint was found not guilty Wednesday. Jose M. Marcano, of 11105 Pine Tree Lane in Port Richey, was arrested Feb. 28, 2008, and charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping. The victim said Marcano dumped her on U.S. 19 and Main Street after the alleged attack. She picked Marcano out from a photo lineup. But his lawyer, Jeff Klinger, said the defense argued the sex was consensual and there was no weapon. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, this was the only time Marcano has been arrested in Florida.
Boy on bike hit by truck has died
An 11-year-old boy on a bike who was hit by a truck has died, said Sgt. Larry Kraus, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol. Nathan Tucker was riding his bike south on Litewood Drive Wednesday afternoon when he lost control near Clyde Street and wobbled into oncoming traffic. He was hit by Zackery Thomas Wynn, 17, who was driving a 2002 Chevy pickup. The boy was not wearing a helmet and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center. He died Thursday. Kraus said the accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed. Any witnesses are asked to call Trooper D. Nieman at (727) 841-4181.
Second arrest in vandalism of home
Another teenager has been arrested on charges he vandalized an Army reservist's home last week, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. The 17-year-old is charged with residential burglary, felony criminal mischief and grand theft. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said stolen property was found at the suspect's home. A 15-year-old boy was also arrested Wednesday in connection with the crime and faces the same charges. The Times is withholding their names because of their ages. Pasco deputies say the two teens ransacked Arleen Agosto's home June 11, burned the walls, splattered pink paint throughout the house and destroyed and stole her 3-year-old daughter's toys. Doll said more arrests are expected and that one child under the age of 10 was involved. Doll said the child has not been arrested and his case has been referred to the State Attorney's Office, to see if that agency wants to file charges.
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