Manager accused of pocketing rent
An apartment property manager was arrested Tuesday after, police say, she rented out empty apartments and collected the money for herself. Mandy Lee Arnold, 37, was working at Dimension One Management, a Jacksonville property company that owns Cypress Green Apartments. On Aug. 1, a Zephyrhills police report states, she listed four apartments at 20th Street and North Avenue as vacant in the company's records. But police say Arnold rented out those units, giving each tenant a lease agreement and receipt. She collected $11,769 and kept the money for herself, the report states. The management company discovered the forged documents and found the apartments occupied on Sept. 10. Zephyrhills police Capt. Robert McKinney said the arrest didn't happen until Tuesday because detectives were tracking down tenants who had since moved out. After her arrest, the report states, Arnold told officers she did not "remember committing the theft due to memory issues after a stroke." Arnold, of 1609 Bobolink St. in Crystal Springs, was booked in Land O'Lakes jail on a charge of grand theft. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.
Woman's SUV hits semi and flips
A Land O'Lakes woman was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning after her sport utility vehicle crashed into a semitrailer truck. Sarah Scoggins, 31, was driving east on State Road 56 just after 1 a.m. when she hit the back of a semi that was turning onto the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The semi driver, 38-year-old Hector Broche, had just gotten off Interstate 75 when Scoggins' Hyundai SUV slammed into the back of his semi. The Hyundai flipped, and Scoggins was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center with critical injuries, the patrol stated. Broche, of Spring Hill, was not hurt. Authorities were investigating to determine whether a citation would be issued.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Narcotics sting rounds up 31
Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested 31 people on Tuesday in a massive countywide narcotics sting. Undercover deputies in the agency's vice and narcotics unit rounded up several suspects who had sold them methamphetamine, crack cocaine or marijuana in their investigations. The majority of the suspects were charged with selling prescription pills. Doctor shopping also was prevalent in the list of charges. Deputies made arrests in nearly every city in the county, east and west sides. Some cases had been under investigation since June. By late Wednesday afternoon, many of the suspects still remained in the Land O'Lakes jail.
Fire closes road, spares homes
A brush fire on Wednesday evening caused authorities to shut down Meadow Pointe Boulevard between State Road 56 and Chancey Road. No one was injured, and no homes were evacuated, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
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