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Trooper in Pasco honored for making 203 DUI arrests in 2009

LAND O'LAKES

203 DUI arrests net award for Pasco trooper

A Pasco County trooper for the Florida Highway Patrol won a statewide award for making 203 DUI arrests last year — the most in Florida. Trooper Michael A. Hollis Jr., stationed in Land O'Lakes, earned the Hurd-Smith award, which honors two troopers killed in the line of duty by drunken drivers. Trooper Kimberly Hurd, 26, was killed in 1992 while conducting a traffic stop in Fort Lauderdale when a van driven by a drunken driver hit her. Trooper Robbie Smith, 34, died in 1997 when a speeding drunken driver hit Smith's patrol car in Miami. The agency also recognized 15 other troopers who made more than 100 DUI arrests in 2009. The list included two other Pasco County troopers, also stationed out of Land O'Lakes — Ronald J. Evans Jr. and David L. Meyer.

HOLIDAY

Broken door, items prompt charges

Lejoy Jones said the woman promised sex and reneged after taking his money, so he kicked in her front door and smashed her glass coffee table, TV, radio and figurines Thursday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Jones, 69, said the woman took $150. He became "very upset," the report states, and used his foot and a log to break into her house and smash her belongings. Jones "admitted knocking on the front door and entering the residence but denied breaking the victim's property," the report states. Jones, of 5710 Silver Spur Drive in Dodge City, is charged with burglary. He was released Friday from the Pasco County jail after posting bail.

DADE CITY

Man charged after spat over MySpace

While arguing about a MySpace page, Donald P. Shive tried to strangle his girlfriend and pushed her, according to the Dade City Police Department. The incident happened about 10 a.m. Thursday at a house on Jackson Avenue. The woman had minor injuries, a report states. Shive, 30, of 1429 College View Drive in Dade City, is a mechanic and was arrested later that day at Jerry's Quick Lube on Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills. He is charged with battery by strangulation and domestic battery. Shive was released from the county jail Friday after posting bail.

Trooper in Pasco honored for making 203 DUI arrests in 2009 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 9:23pm]
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