NEW PORT RICHEY
Driver from fatal crash jailed on new charge
A 33-year-old man was extradited from Nebraska to Pasco County this week for allegedly violating his probation on charges related to a fatal 2003 crash.
Benjamin G. Monastersky was serving eight years of probation after his 18-month prison sentence for leaving the scene of a fatal crash, among other charges. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Monastersky ran through a flashing red light at U.S. 19 and Moog Road early one morning in December 2003, colliding with another car. The other driver died.
Jail records indicate Monastersky was recently living in La Vista, Neb., a city south of Omaha. The records did not indicate why he is charged with violating his probation.
Monastersky, who entered a not guilty plea on the violation of probation charge, is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
Seller of illicit TV box gets year of probation
Eddy G. Reyes, who was accused of swindling a woman out of $2,500 after promising her free satellite television for life, has been sentenced to a year of probation and must repay the money.
Reyes, 38, pleaded no contest last month to unauthorized reception of communication services.
Sheriff's investigators said Reyes, who owned the former Tropical Breeze restaurant downtown, had a side business selling satellite TV boxes that had been hacked. Two weeks after selling a woman one in March 2008, the device stopped working. The Sheriff's Office said that was because the satellite company blocked the signal after it detected pirating equipment.
Tropical Breeze closed down not long after Reyes' arrest and has since reopened under different owners and a different name.