LAND O'LAKES — By all accounts, Stacy Renee Slabach should not have been behind the wheel that day. Her dismal driving history already covered seven pages in the state's official records, including four DUIs — two in the same week. In 2010, her license was suspended forever....
12/03/13 Public Safety
NEW PORT RICHEY — Whispers already had begun to circulate around the Pasco Sheriff's Office about a curious relationship between the supervisor of the sex offender unit and a civilian-member crime analyst. Then he moved her desk into his office, where he could close the door.
Sgt. Stephen Foshey, 43, had established a solid record at the department over 13 years, rising to a rank of sergeant overseeing a squad of detectives. But on Nov. 27, Sheriff Chris Nocco fired him after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with the crime analyst at the office....
12/02/13 Public Safety
HUDSON — Ten more dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Monday at a home where more than 70 animals were being kept.
Authorities had planned to execute a search warrant after the residents initially refused to let anyone inside, but a woman opened the door to investigators Monday.
None of the animals appeared malnourished, and no one at the home was arrested, authorities said. The identity of the residents could not be confirmed....
11/29/13 Public Safety
Pasco sheriff's Deputy Jose Valenzuela met the woman through their sons. The boys went to high school together. Valenzuela said he went on two, maybe three, dinner dates with her in April 2011. During that time, Valenzuela's 16-year-old son, Abel, met the woman's 14-year-old daughter. They started dating, too. But after the respective parents stopped seeing each other, reports state, Abel and the girl stayed together....
WESLEY CHAPEL — Mathew James Frydenlund meant to walk into his own house at 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving, he would later tell deputies. He was off by about a mile.
Instead, deputies say, the very drunken man slipped into another home and stood over a couple's bed, looking down at them while they slept.
Frydenlund, 23, woke the couple up, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. He asked to use the phone....
NEW PORT RICHEY — A Holiday man was arrested Tuesday after, police say, a toddler left in his care was found with bruises and a broken arm.
Joseph Alec Kazmar, 34, brought the 15-month-old boy to his mother at 6:30 Tuesday morning, with bruising on the toddler's underarms, back and head, a New Port Richey Police report states. Kazmar said the boy had fallen out of his playpen and that Kazmar found the child on the floor with his right arm under him....
NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after, police say, he scalded a 2-year-old's hand.
Frank Anthony Boccia was left in a home with the boy while his grandmother went to pick up another child, a New Port Richey police report states. She left the toddler asleep in an upstairs loft. When she returned, the child's right hand was burned. At Tampa General Hospital, a physician found the third-degree burns were from submersion, as if someone held the child's hand under a hot liquid. The toddler had no access to hot water in the loft. The report states Boccia couldn't explain the burn....
PORT RICHEY — A Pasco detention deputy was arrested Saturday after, authorities say, he hurt his live-in girlfriend, who is pregnant with his child.
The fight started just before 5 a.m. Saturday when Taylor Wayne McFadden, 25, kept touching his girlfriend's belly after she told him to stop, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. He snatched her cell phone.
McFadden grabbed his girlfriend's right bicep, scratching her, the report states, then he dragged her from the bed. The woman bit McFadden just below his right knee and escaped. McFadden fled the home....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Home alone with her baby Thursday night, deputies say Molly Mary Flynn started drinking.
She put the 22-month-old girl down for the night and went out.
She walked downstairs to Lonzalo's, a neighborhood pizzeria and bar, a Pasco sheriff's report states, where she panhandled patio patrons for their libations.
She had no luck with the barkeep, either.
Flynn told them all about her daughter asleep upstairs. ...
11/22/13 Public Safety
NEW PORT RICHEY — Friday started at 7 a.m. for Police Chief Kim Bogart with roll call and talking to his officers. Then there was a survey to finish for the red light camera system, paperwork, a meeting downtown, another meeting, driving to Dade City for an advisory board, oh, and also he has cancer.
Don't call him about it. He doesn't need you to pray or feel sorry for him. You shouldn't worry about it any more than he does, which is not very much. Really....
11/21/13 Human Interest
NEW PORT RICHEY — It was hit or miss soliciting donations for the RAP House, still a young not-for-profit in the early 1980s. George Magrill made his pitch for the short-term shelter for runaways and homeless youths but sat through several cordial "Nos."
Until he walked into Jack Smith's office.
"He was just incredibly delightful," Magrill said of the C & C Bank regional manager. "With Jack, it was almost as if . . . we had known him for a long time."...
11/20/13 Public Safety
NEW PORT RICHEY — A day after she was put on probation in connection with a sexual harassment investigation, Nancy Bunch, director of Pasco-Hernando Community College's public services academy, announced Wednesday she plans to retire.
Don Ruminer, an instructor at the academy, was accused of touching, gesturing and making inappropriate comments to another person at the college. At some point, the investigation found that subordinates told Bunch about the harassment, but Bunch "failed to take action," spokeswoman Lucy Miller wrote in an email....
HUDSON — Shortly after her parents went to bed, in the early hours of May 31, Kaleigh Tzobanakis slipped out of the house.
The 15-year-old walked a short way down her street to a waiting minivan. Ken Humphrey whisked her back to his house to join his daughter at a party where, deputies say, he would give the girls drugs whenever they asked. Lots of drugs. Enough to kill.
At the party, Humphrey, 56, sat nearby as Kaleigh and other teens took Coricidin Cold and Cough medicine, or "triple C," according to Pasco sheriff's Detective Chet Cougill. The teens put the pills in drinks then shook them to get the coating off and release the dosage. Eventually, they ran out....
HUDSON — Deputies on Tuesday arrested the man they believe murdered 26-year-old Frankie Soto over the weekend.
Matthew Walter Mebane, 21, went to the home at 12206 Bear Claw Loop in Beacon Woods on Sunday night, wearing a gray sweatshirt, hood up and sunglasses, a Pasco sheriff's report states. He would later tell detectives he was there under the guise of buying marijuana from Soto, but intended to rob him....
11/19/13 Public Safety
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando Community College put a program director on probation and fired two employees Monday night following an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint.
Details about the complaint, filed Nov. 12, are sparse. According to the college's spokeswoman, Lucy Miller, the complaint alleges that law enforcement academy instructor Don Ruminer touched, gestured and made inappropriate comments toward another person. The college is not releasing the victim/complainant's name, citing federal law, but said the complainant was not a student....