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Pasco school bus driver arrested over machete chase


Machete enters spat; arrest follows

Hipolito Gonzalez is 69 years old and a bus driver for Pasco County schools. On Wednesday evening, authorities say, he chased his daughter-in-law with a machete.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Gonzalez lives across the road from his son and daughter-in-law on Ravello Street in Land O'Lakes. The couple are going through a divorce, the Sheriff's Office said, and Wednesday, Gonzalez argued with the daughter-in-law.

A report said Gonzalez grabbed a machete out of his garage during the altercation and chased his daughter-in-law with it. She ran to her home and was not injured.

Gonzalez admitted to doing this, the report said. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault and was released from the county jail Thursday on $5,000 bail.


Wild antics frighten diners, lead to jail

Everett Keith kept smoking.

Authorities said Keith sauntered into the always-packed Chili's on State Road 54 at nearly 11:30 Wednesday night with a cigarette in his mouth. He was told to put it out. Keith refused, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, and moseyed into the dining area — where he fell and rolled around.

Diners scattered "in fear of being hurt," the report said.

Then, Keith, 42, raised himself back up and walked outside, the report said. He tried to get into his car.

Then he fell out of his car.

He landed on the concrete curb, got up, walked over to the landscaping and proceeded to writhe around in it.

Then he launched crayons — somehow pilfered during his visit to the dining area, the report said — throwing them at cars in the parking lot.

When a deputy arrived, Keith was again trying to get inside his car to drive off, the report stated.

Keith, who lives in Lutz and is listed as unemployed, was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication and jailed on $100 bail.


Paint roller became a weapon, deputies say

A husband bashed his wife in the face with a paint roller during an argument, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Roberto Rivera, 43, argued with his wife at their home on Silver Spur Drive in Holiday on Tuesday evening, a report stated.

The fight ended when he picked up a paint roller and hit her in the face, causing bruising and swelling just below her right eye, the report said. A deputy arrived at the house, but Rivera fled. He was found and arrested Wednesday.

Rivera is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail. He is listed as unemployed.

Pasco school bus driver arrested over machete chase 03/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:05pm]
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