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Report: Man tries to use deputy's car to escape drug arrest

PORT RICHEY

Report: Deputy's car was part of escape attempt

A man caught selling cocaine near a day care tried to speed away from authorities Wednesday evening in an undercover deputy's agency car. Casio Maurice Burton of St. Petersburg dragged the deputy for 150 feet before the car was stopped, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. The deputy was not seriously injured, said Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. A report states that Burton, 26, is accused of "violently pushing" the deputy as he tried to flee the scene at Ranch Road and U.S. 19 about 7 p.m. It was near Robyn's Nest day care. Undercover agents bought cocaine from Burton and an accomplice, Michael Lamar Knight, 23, of New Port Richey, the report states. Burton is charged with aggravated battery, grand theft auto, possession of marijuana and cocaine, and selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $30,100 bail. Knight also faces several drug charges. His bail is $85,500.

ODESSA

See award-winning miniatures display

The miniature wonders at the Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center opened in February at 2645 Success Drive in the West Pasco Industrial Park off State Road 54. The displays include the national award-winning Sundance Central Railroad, a miniature world connected by 235 feet of aluminum rails, as well as other handmade models and rotating displays from around the world. Donations are accepted. For information visit sundancecentral.org.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Hospice holds free seminars in April

Gulfside Regional Hospice will host seminars for caregivers at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday in April at the Villas at Sunset Bay, 7423 Kauai Loop. The topics are as follows:

• April 12: A Veterans of Foreign Wars service officer speaks about getting VA benefits.

• April 19: Dr. Amir Shirmohammad speaks about caregiver support.

• April 26: Donna Cesare, representative for elder care attorneys and RN care coordinators, provides information for caregivers.

Each seminar is free. For information, call (727) 359-5428.

PORT RICHEY

Tour remembers civil rights martyrs

Bus tour to celebrate civil rights martyrs: The African American Club of Pasco has planned a bus tour across the state on April 21 to Mims, north of Titusville in Brevard County, to celebrate the lives and sacrifices of civil rights martyrs Harry and Harriette Moore at the ninth annual Harry T. Moore Heritage Festival. After years of working to register African-Americans in Florida during the 1930s and '40s, the Moores were killed at their home in Mims on Christmas evening 1951, their 25th wedding anniversary. The bus will depart at 5:15 a.m. from the Booker T. Washington Schoolhouse, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. The festival will feature a health fair, a food court, performers, arts and crafts, and a visit to the Memorial Museum at the site of the former Moore home. The bus will be back at the schoolhouse at 11 p.m. The cost is $25. Bring a folding chair. For information, call Darryll Stevenson at (727) 495-3206 or Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.

Report: Man tries to use deputy's car to escape drug arrest 04/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:03pm]

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