NEW PORT RICHEY
Woman accused of Molesting A 13-year-old girl
A 19-year-old woman is accused of luring a 13-year-old girl to a party and sexually molesting her.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Kaitlin B. Kirby invited the young girl on Tuesday to a house on Latimer Street — in the Beacon Hills area off U.S. 19 and State Road 54 — to "partake in alcohol and 'partying' with two other males" and herself.
Kirby, of 6325 Garland Court in New Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday. She is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and violating her felony drug probation. She is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Man chewed patrol car seats, police say
Handcuffed, drunk and angry, Jesse Ray Stewart expressed his feelings by chewing up a deputy's patrol car — ripping off chunks of vinyl from the seat with his teeth and exposing the stuffing, authorities said. He caused about $300 damage during his ride from New Port Richey to the jail in Land O'Lakes, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
The ordeal began with a resident on Whitetail Lane in New Port Richey finding Stewart, 18, inside his minivan about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff's report said. Stewart fled and was tracked by a pink cell phone in his pocket he had stolen from another car in the neighborhood, the report states. Stewart reeked of alcohol, slurred, stumbled and was generally "uncooperative," authorities said.
He banged his head on the patrol car's windows. The chewed-up and spit-out bits of car seat were collected as evidence, a report states.
Stewart, of New Port Richey, was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and two counts of auto burglary. He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $10,300 bail.
Grand theft charges for man being evicted
Michael Scott Hodge was being evicted for not paying rent. The court had ordered him to pay $950 by Friday.
Authorities say the self-employed metal scrapper came up with a plan to raise some cash: He dismantled the patio of the rental home at 9737 Morehead Lane.
A deputy saw Hodge, 40, ripping off the porch Wednesday and asked if he was "planning on scrapping the metal for money," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
"Of course I was going to," Hodge replied, the report states.
Neighbors called the landlord, who lives in England. He contacted his attorney, who then called authorities, the report states. The lawyer said the landlord has been trying to have Hodge evicted "for months of failure to pay" rent.
Hodge was arrested and charged with grand theft. He was released from jail in less than five hours on $2,000 bail.
Arrest in discovery of 43 marijuana plants
Vice detectives found 43 marijuana plants and grow house equipment during a raid Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
A tip from a Tampa Electric investigator led authorities to the home at 1713 Upper Road in the New River Ranchettes, located off Morris Bridge Road south of State Road 54. The investigator suspected the home's resident — Jose Perez-Bermudez, 48 — of having an illegal electric connection.
Perez-Bermudez was arrested Wednesday and charged with cultivation of marijuana and grand theft. A Sheriff's Office report claims Perez-Bermudez stole $2,500 worth of electricity.
He was released from the Pasco County jail Thursday on $7,000 bail.