Deputy who killed man is 8-year veteran
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the deputy who shot and killed a man last week while serving a search warrant on a suspected drug house in Holiday. The deputy's name is Clinton Cabbage. He is 44 and has been with the agency for eight years, said Kevin Doll, spokesman with the Sheriff's Office. Doll said Cabbage is part of the gang unit and a member of the SWAT team, which is why he was at the scene. According to reports, Luther Hudson, 38, fired at the SWAT team with a handgun from a bedroom and hit Cabbage in the chest, destroying his radio. Cabbage's bullet-resistant vest saved his life. Cabbage returned fire, wounding Hudson – who later died at Community Hospital in New Port Richey. Doll said Cabbage is on paid administrative leave, as is routine in these cases, while the State Attorney's Office investigates the incident.
Woman alleges sex abuse as a child
A 26-year-old woman has come forward alleging Michael E. Mulrooney sexually abused her beginning when she was 9 and ending when she was 15, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Mulrooney, 42, of 12808 College Hill Drive, was charged Wednesday with sexual battery and was held without bail at the Land O'Lakes Jail. He's been in jail since Feb. 19 on drug charges. According to the sheriff's report, Mulrooney admitted to having sexual contact with the victim, though he said it began when she was 10. Due to the nature of the allegations, the Sheriff's Office would not disclose the name of the victim or her relationship to Mulrooney.
Man, 25, accused of sex with girl, 14
John Walter Spires, 25, was arrested Wednesday on accusations he had sex with a 14-year-old girl. The girl is now pregnant and due to give birth March 3. The girl told deputies she and Spires had consensual intercourse, according to the arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Spires "acknowledges he is the father of the victim's expected baby," the report stated. Spires was arrested at his house at 3703 Kimberly Oaks Drive and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. He was held at the Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Barn Dance and Dinner canceled
The Barn Dance and Dinner scheduled for today, hosted by the Knights of Columbus Ullrich Council at 5850 Knights of Columbus, has been canceled.
A jobs workshop will be at 2 p.m. May 19 at South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. A brief Thursday listed an incorrect date.
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