NEW PORT RICHEY
Teen charged in theft of school gadgets
Deputies have added an arrest and more charges as they chip away at a case involving a string of school burglaries, several suspects and thousands of dollars. They arrested Joshua Jakeem Dennis, 17, on Wednesday after connecting him to a burglary at Ridgewood High School, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Deputies allege that Dennis, 19-year-old Alexis Ortiz and two other unknown people stole 37 iPods, 34 Apple laptops and one iPad from the high school on Feb. 27. The burglary was one of 13 since October at schools including Calusa Elementary, Chasco Elementary and Chasco Middle, totalling $172,875 in losses for the School District. During Dennis' arrest, a report states, he pulled away from a detective, who tackled him onto a couch. As the detective struggled to pull the teen's arm behind his back, he reached back and grabbed the butt of the detective's holstered pistol, then latched onto the detective's tie, choking him, the report said. Another detective jumped in and wrangled the tie free of Dennis' grasp while the boy screamed, "I'm not going down without a fight," the report states. Dennis charged with burglary to a business and aggravated assault on law enforcement. He was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Land O'Lakes. Deputies also charged Ortiz with dealing in stolen property after, the report states, he confessed to buying a laptop stolen from Calusa Elementary for $150 to $200 from "another subject." The charge was added to Ortiz's list of two counts of dealing in stolen property and one of burglary. He remained Friday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.
Woman found dead is identified
Pasco deputies have identified the woman whose body was found Wednesday evening near a homeless camp by Dayflower and Oakley boulevards. Kimberly Sue Dacosta, 43, may have died from a medical condition, as there was no sign of foul play, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities released her name Friday after notifying her next of kin.
• Shauna McKinnon, the new CEO of Pasco Regional Medical Center, was previously chief operating officer of Spring Hill Regional Hospital. An item in Thursday's Pasco Times misstated her title at the Spring Hill hospital.
• Anyone who wishes to register for an April 26 AARP safe driving class may call instructor Jack Martin at (352) 588-2802. Due to incorrect information provided to the Times, the wrong number appeared in a listing Friday.
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