Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Pasco teacher arrested on DUI, drug charges

PALM HARBOR

Pasco teacher facing DUI, drug charges

A first-grade teacher at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in Elfers was arrested Sunday evening on drug-related charges.

Laura Santoro, 32, couldn't stay in her lane as she drove on U.S. 19 near Nebraska Avenue just after 6 p.m., according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's report. A deputy pulled her over. Her eyes were bloodshot and watery, the report states, and she failed a field sobriety test.

Inside her car, the deputy found a glass pipe with marijuana residue inside and other traces of marijuana in the car.

Santoro, of 3116 Roxbury Drive in Holiday, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. She was also charged with driving under the influence on an April morning in 2012. She was released that time on her own recognizance.

Santoro was released early Monday after posting $800 bail. The Pasco School District employee relations office is investigating her case. She was placed on paid administrative leave Monday.

Times staff writer

Comments
Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

PLANT CITY — Jonathon Adams heard a scream, "like a dog getting run over by a car," then saw a mini-van come tearing around the corner with a woman he knew dangling out of the passenger side.It was the start of a deadly sequence of events Dec. 8 that...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Amtrak train strikes, kills woman in Lakeland

Deputies in Polk County are investigating the death of a woman who was hit by an Amtrak train on Thursday.The woman was struck at 12:30 p.m. in the railroad intersection of Highway 92 East and Fairway Avenue in Lakeland, deputies said.Investigators d...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Dade City man, suspected in Polk armed robbery, turns himself in

Dade City man, suspected in Polk armed robbery, turns himself in

DADE CITY — A Dade City man, suspected in the armed robbery of a Lakeland gas station earlier this week, turned himself in to authorities late Wednesday night after after being prompted by his mother, according to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Edne...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Second Ruskin man sought in theft of cell tower equipment that interrupted service

TAMPA —The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for the arrest of a second suspect in the theft of batteries from cell phone towers that interrupted phone service and the 911 emergency call system.Investigators are looking for ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

A Jacksonville boy, 2, who was reported missing early Thursday morning, has been found safe.A Florida Missing Child Alert has been canceled for Legend Jones, who had last been seen in the 1900 block of Fouraker Road in Jacksonville, according to the ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Palm Harbor woman, 23, killed while crossing Seminole Boulevard

SEMINOLE — A Palm Harbor woman was killed Thursday night after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Seminole Boulevard.The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. just north of 53rd Avenue N, deputies said.According to deputies, 23-year-old Kala Gombos...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Crash downs power lines, closes N Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — A portion of North Florida Avenue is closed in downtown Tampa as TECO crews repair downed power lines after a crash late Wednesday night.The crash occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of N Florida Avenue and E Fortune Street, accord...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Officials applaud shark-dragging arrests, hopeful for stricter animal cruelty penalties

Officials applaud shark-dragging arrests, hopeful for stricter animal cruelty penalties

TAMPA — A viral video drew anger and outrage after it showed a flailing shark tethered to a boat, and three men laughing as its lifeless body thrashed in the waters behind them.In the video, which surfaced on social media in July, the men — Michael W...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force (w/video)

Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force (w/video)

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has suspended two deputies after an internal investigation found they violated agency policies during the arrest of a 25-year-old man that turned violent.The sheriff handed down 15 days to Deputy Alexander Edge, who Gua...
Updated: 6 hours ago
St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested several people, including a son of a prominent flooring store chain’s late founder, as part of an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in an alley last year. The w...
Updated: 11 hours ago