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Police briefs: Pasco woman not wearing seat belts dies in car crash

Woman not wearing seat belt dies in crash

ZEPHYRHILLS — A woman who was not wearing a seat belt died Friday when she lost control of her car and was partly ejected, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Tina D. Steele, 36, of Zephyrhills, was driving her 1976 Ford car on Camerton Road near Morris Bridge Road a little after 8 p.m. Friday when the car spun counter-clockwise and ended up overturning in a steep ditch. Steele died at the scene.

Her passenger, Randolph B. Bowmer, 41, of Wesley Chapel, had minor injuries.

Investigators are asking anyone who saw the crash to contact Cpl. K.W. Ratcliff at (800) 235-6019.

Man charged in the stabbing of his wife

LAND O'LAKES — A man was arrested Friday for forcing his wife into their bathroom and stabbing her several times with a 4-inch kitchen knife, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Andrew D. Miller, 33, of Land O'Lakes, is said to have gotten into an argument with his wife, who then called 911. After she called, police say, is when Miller dragged her into the bathroom and stabbed her. Miller fled on foot and was tracked by the county's K-9 unit.

He was charged with aggravated battery with a weapon and domestic battery. Miller is being held in the county jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Web site, Miller also was arrested for domestic battery in March.

Man in gorilla outfit on U.S. 19 lands in jail

HUDSON — A man sporting a gorilla suit interfered with traffic on U.S. 19 Friday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

When approached, the man – David R. Ziegmann, 61, of Bayonet Pointe – said he was out campaigning for Pasco Sheriff Bob White.

When asked for identification, Ziegmann refused and said he was a federal agent. After that, an arrest report says that Ziegmann's identification was "physically removed" and stated that he, indeed, is not a law enforcement officer, local or federal.

He was arrested on a charge of obstruction by disguise and is being held at the county jail in lieu of $150 bail.

A reporter called the number Ziegmann listed as his home phone, but it turned out to be a Wendy's.

Hudson man accused of head butting officer

HUDSON — A good way to make sure you're going to jail is to head butt a cop, as one Hudson man now knows.

Deputies were called to the home of Robert L. Moore, 37, very early Saturday after reports that he hit someone in the face. While he was being handcuffed, police say Moore head butted a deputy in the left eye.

Moore was arrested on charges of domestic battery and battery on a law enforcement officer.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

Man, 31, arrested in fight with twin sister

WESLEY CHAPEL — A man was arrested Friday night for pushing, hitting and throwing a baby bag at his twin sister, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

No, the twins aren't juveniles. They're 31 years old. Michael T. Gonzalez, of Wesley Chapel, was arrested on a charge of domestic battery and failure to appear in a previous charge of theft.

He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $1,513.

DUI charge came after he showed Visa for ID

WESLEY CHAPEL — A trooper idling along Interstate 75 got a jolt when a black Toyota going 113 mph sped past in the wee hours Friday.

The trooper, of course, chased the car, which pulled over. The driver, Gregory K. Herman, 41 and of Wesley Chapel, walked over to the patrol car and, when asked for identification, showed a Visa card.

The deputy said there was a smell of alcohol and that Herman performed poorly on tests.

Herman was arrested on a charge of DUI and taken to the county jail, where he was released on a $250 bond.

The trooper said Herman was "cooperative and polite and humbled from his actions."

Police say angry man hit car, man with bat

ZEPHYRHILLS — Police say Juan Torres-Morales was so upset with someone that he took a baseball bat to the person's car and, after catching the person, to the victim's back.

Torres-Morales, 47, of Zephyrhills, was arrested Friday on charges of aggravated battery with a weapon and criminal mischief.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,150 bail.

Deputies arrest man wanted in 3 counties

LAND O'LAKES — So, say you're a wanted man in at least three counties. Common sense would be to lay low and be thankful you're free.

Eric P. Dodd didn't do that. Instead, law officers say he loitered at a 7-Eleven Friday night and ran when he saw the deputies — who caught him.

Dodd, 26 and of Spring Hill, had two pill bottles on him with Xanax and Oxycodone.

While searching his background, deputies found out Dodd has warrants for his arrest in Pasco, Hillsborough and Lake counties for a variety of crimes; possession of meth, habitually driving with a suspended license, fleeing to elude officers with the disregard to safety of others, etc.

According to Pasco County Sheriff's records, Dodd is a frequent visitor at the Land O'Lakes jail — this was his eighth arrest since May 2006.

This time, he was arrested on charges of resisting arrest without violence and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, in addition to felony violation of probation.

He is being held in the county jail without bail.

Police briefs: Pasco woman not wearing seat belts dies in car crash 07/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2008 6:51pm]
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