NEW PORT RICHEY
Chamber gives out service awards
The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce celebrated at its 67th annual banquet Friday night. Award winners were as follows: Eric Anderson, Ambassador of the Year; RAP House, Outstanding Area Youth Organization; Holiday Rotary Club, Outstanding Service Club; Pasco County Clerk of Court Paula S. O'Neil, Outstanding Public Servant; Kim Bogart, Outstanding Citizen; Joining Hands Community Mission, Outstanding Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Award; Tim Sherrell, Eminent Pioneer Acknowledgement Award; Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, Outstanding Community Service Award; Paul Friedlander, Winner Award.
Motorcyclist is run over and killed
A 57-year-old motorcyclist is dead after being hit by a car that swerved into his lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. John A. Lauer of Land O'Lakes was headed north on Oakstead Boulevard just south of Ashmonte Drive on his 2009 Yamaha motorcycle when he was struck about 11:24 p.m. Thursday. The other driver, Tegan Barbato, 34, of Land O'Lakes was headed south on Oakstead and "failed to drive within a single" lane and veered into Lauer's path, the FHP said. Lauer tried to avoid the crash by laying his bike down, but Barbato did not return to her lane and ran over Lauer, a report states. The incident remains under investigation. The FHP asks witnesses or anyone with information about the crash to call (352) 797-5737.
Deputies: Tattoos gave robber away
Daniel Cowell's tattoos attract attention. One across the front of his neck says "Kill 'em' All." He has a spiderweb tattoo in his left ear, a tear drop under his right eye and the words "Porn" and "Star" beneath his eyebrows. Deputies say that made him easy for a cabdriver to identify in a photo lineup after Cowell, 27, robbed him at knifepoint. Cowell waved down the taxi on U.S. 19 in Holiday around 8 p.m. June 5, deputies said. He got in and sat next to the driver, took out a large buck knife and held it to the driver's neck, according to a report. He was arrested Thursday and charged with armed robbery. He remained in the county jail Friday in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Crime report online
Latest crime report online at pasco.tampabay.com under "Weekly crime report."