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Pasco man killed, 2 hurt in I-4 crash in Volusia County


I-4 crash kills pickup driver, injures 2 others

A Pasco County man was killed Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 4 in Volusia County, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the victim as Jose Chaves, 47, of Hudson. Antonio Guerras, 58, a passenger in the 2006 Toyota pickup, was seriously injured.

The other vehicle, a 2007 Ford Mustang, was driven by Justin Shields, 19, of Wellington, who suffered minor injuries, state troopers said.

The Sentinel reported that Chaves was speeding west on I-4, passing vehicles in both lanes when he came up behind Shields in the left lane, troopers said. He passed him on the right but encountered slower traffic and tried to return to the left lane before he cleared the car, they said. The truck crossed the westbound lanes onto the grassy shoulder, slid sideways and overturned, striking several trees.


Housekeeper held in theft from homes

A housekeeper was arrested Monday on charges that she stole money, jewelry and a religious medallion from her employers, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

A report says the husband of Juana Ruiz called the victims to report the theft. The Wesley Chapel family checked their property and realized what was missing — gold coins, rings, bracelets, a religious medallion, three $2 bills and a $1 silver certificate. Ruiz, who is 39 and lives in Plant City, is charged with grand theft.

The report said she admitted to the thefts — which happened on March 12 — and said she pawned most of the property, for nearly $2,000. She is being held at the county jail in lieu of $250 bail.


DWI suspect freed, rearrested in 1 day

Robert M. Corbin was released from the Land O'Lakes jail on Sunday, after spending a few weeks there on charges of driving while intoxicated.

He was arrested again, less than 24 hours after his release, on the same charges, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The report says Corbin, who is 54 and lives in Hudson, was arrested in Trinity after a deputy spotted him staggering from his motorcycle, which had the keys in the ignition and was running.

Corbin's license was permanently revoked in January for being convicted of four DUIs, according to the report.

He is charged with DUI, driving with a revoked license and refusing to take a breath test.

He is being held in lieu of $750 bail.


Man, 23, arrested in sex abuse of girl, 13

A 23-year-old was arrested Monday on charges that he had sex several times with a 13-year-old girl in Holiday, the Sheriff's Office said.

The incidents happened in February, according to a report. The girl said the man, Branden M. Cass, who lives in Port Richey, came into her bedroom three times and sexually abused her.

The report said Cass admitted to having sex with the girl. Due to the nature of the allegations, authorities withheld the girl's identity and relationship to Cass.

He is charged with involuntary sexual battery and was released from the county jail on $10,000 bail.

Pasco man killed, 2 hurt in I-4 crash in Volusia County 03/31/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:18pm]
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