Woman shot on morning walk with dog
Pasco County sheriff's deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured a 29-year-old woman who was walking her dog Thursday morning. Deputies responded to the shooting near the 5400 block of Front Drive in Forest Hills after a call at 7:36 a.m. Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said the woman, identified as Heather Marie Janes, was shot once in the back with a small-caliber weapon, such as a pellet gun or a .22-caliber pistol. Deputies are searching for a black man who was riding in a car driven by a white man. The car is described as a bright blue, four-door sedan with a primer gray rear passenger door. Janes was flown to a local hospital and released later Thursday. Authorities have not released any more details about the circumstances of the shooting.
Accounts traced to burglary suspect
A 28-year-old man is accused of breaking into a home on Pepper Pine Court in the Suncoast Lakes subdivision and stealing items such as a lawn mower, television and ceiling fan. But Michael Mark Salerno IV did the most damage, according to his arrest report, with the personal information he took from the home's owners. The Sheriff's Office says Salerno opened numerous credit accounts in the victims' names and ran up more than $41,000 in charges. Investigators traced some of the credit card activity to an Internet address assigned to Salerno's home and other activity to his cell phone, the report says. The break-in occurred on Nov. 29, 2009, and Salerno, who later moved to Westminster, Mass., used the fraudulent accounts until October 2010, the report says. He is charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and two counts of identity theft. He remained jailed Thursday in lieu of $22,000 bail.
Apply now for Citizen's Academy
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is still accepting applications for the next Sheriff's Citizen's Academy, although it has changed the dates and location of the program. The classes will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 15 to April 13 at the American Condominium Clubhouse, 3516 Condominium Blvd. The classes provide citizens with information about law enforcement and the specific services provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. For information, call (727) 834-3376. To apply, visit www.pascosheriff.com and select "Community Services," then click on "Citizen's Academy." Applications are also available at the sheriff's community office inside Gulf View Square mall.