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Pasco County detectives say man lied about killing someone

MOON LAKE

Detectives say report of killing was made up

An 18-year-old led detectives on a wild trail in October when he claimed to have killed someone — and then, after two days of searching for a body with authorities, said he made it all up, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Dakota J. Herrin told his family he shot someone, so his brother called authorities, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.

Herrin met with detectives on the afternoon of Oct. 16 and said he got into a scuffle with a man at a party in Moon Lake, the sheriff's report states.

He told detectives that the man pulled a knife on him, so Herrin shot him in the face four times before running away.

Seven detectives and a forensic investigator worked on the case before Herrin said "he had made the story up and he never shot anyone," the report says.

Herrin, of 7333 Allyson St. in Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday and charged with giving a false report to law enforcement. He was released from jail that same day on $150 bail.

The report does not give a possible motive.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Molestation suspect now accused of threat

A 69-year-old man facing molestation charges is now accused of threatening to kill a witness in the case, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Ross J. Vuono, of 10691 Jacamar Drive in New Port Richey, was arrested in March and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 years old. Authorities say he sexually molested and exposed himself to a 6-year-old girl and made her watch pornographic movies.

On Wednesday, he was arrested again and is charged with two counts of tampering with a witness.

A sheriff's report says Vuono screamed at the witness on two occasions, saying things like, "If anything happens to me, you are going to die. It will be 'bang,' that easy."

Vuono remained at the county jail on Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

MOON LAKE

Witness tracks driver accused of DUI crash

Authorities say James Laughery hit a car on U.S. 19 near Main Street on Thursday afternoon and left the scene, driving on the wrong side of the highway, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed.

A witness followed the car, which headed north on U.S. 19 and then east on State Road 52. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull over the car near Moon Lake Road.

A patrol report says the car instead drove into the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie and hit a parked car before stopping.

Laughery, 35, of North Port is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, DUI with damage to property or person and possession of a controlled substance.

He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail Thursday.

Pasco County detectives say man lied about killing someone 11/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:43pm]

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