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Briefs: Teenager sought in slaying turns himself in

ZEPHYRHILLS

Teenager surrenders; faces murder charge

The teenage suspect in the slaying of a man found in his car on railroad tracks last week has turned himself in to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Corey Lindsey Jr., 16, of 39600 Lincoln Ave. was booked at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center about 9 p.m. Monday on a charge of second-degree murder. He was then taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, deputies said.

The body of Donald Watts, 60, of 7355 20th St., was discovered about 1:45 p.m. July 14 in a car on the railroad tracks at Sixth Avenue and Airport Road. Deputies said he had been shot and drove himself as far as he could before passing out. Watts was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Watts thought he bought crack cocaine from Lindsey, but it turned out to be bread. Doll said Watts was shot when he confronted Lindsey about the fake drugs.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Traffic stop gone awry leads to man's arrest

A man was arrested after, authorities said, he ran over a deputy's foot last month and led authorities on a 100-mph car chase with an unrestrained infant in the car.

Tyrone Lionel Smith, 28, of 9143 Mango St., New Port Richey, was pulled over for speeding on June 10. According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Smith hit the gas in his blue Cadillac and sped off, running over the deputy's foot.

The deputy was not seriously injured, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

The car crashed during the pursuit and Smith fled. Deputies said they determined Smith had marijuana in his car.

Doll said the case is still under investigation and the condition of the infant — who was being held in the lap of a front seat passenger during the pursuit — is not known.

Smith faces several charges, including fleeing at high speed with wanton disregard. He remained at the county jail Tuesday in lieu of $40,450 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Shopper found with items stuffed in pants

A man stuffed nearly 20 items down his pants — deep sea fishing lures, makeup, shorts and shirts — at a Wal-Mart Supercenter Monday night and tried to use a 7-year-old as a decoy, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The plan didn't work.

Michael P. McClure, 41, of 5128 Lillilea Lane, New Port Richey, was caught with more than $300 worth of merchandise down his pants, the report said.

He is charged with retail theft and child abuse, authorities said, because he allegedly brought the child with him to the store, although he did not force the child to steal.

McClure was being held at the Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $7,000 bail.

HERNANDO BEACH

Shooting of swimmer remains a mystery

Hernando County detectives were still searching for clues in the shooting Monday of a 19-year-old Hudson woman who was swimming in an off-limits county spring.

Jessica James was shot between the knee and ankle while swimming with friends in the east end of the Jenkins Creek area, said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities had initially believed James was swimming in a restricted area of the Weekiwachee Preserve, but later determined that it was a small spring area on county property that is posted as a no-trespassing area. Black said the swampy area is often frequented by swimmers and illegal hunters.

"This is not a regular swimming place," Black said. "It's not like in the park area. You would have to know the area is back there."

On Tuesday, Hernando detectives searched the area surrounding the spring and were unable to find a location where someone might have been able to shoot at the victim. Authorities believe the shooting was unintentional.

James was treated at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and released.

Briefs: Teenager sought in slaying turns himself in 07/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 8:17pm]
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