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Charges filed in fatal car crash

Five months after a fatal traffic accident, a 62-year-old man has beenarrested and charged with vehicular homicide, according to New Port Richey police reports.

Ernest L. Brace, of 3921 Saturn Drive in New Port Richey, was arrested by Pasco Sheriff's Office detectives and later was released on $7,500 bail. The accident occurred Sept. 10 on U.S. 19 at the intersection of Shamrock Drive in New Port Richey. Thomas Lee Edwards, 18, of 817 Woodfield Ave. in Holiday, died three days later at Tampa General Hospital from injuries he suffered in the accident, the reports said.

Brace was driving his 1987 Ford south on U.S. 19 about 8:15 p.m. Sept. 10 when he started to turn left onto Shamrock Drive and struck the motorcycle Edwards was driving north on U.S. 19. Edwards was taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital and Brace was taken to Riverside Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Brace told investigators he had two to three shots of vodka before the accident, along with some prescription medication, the reports said. His blood-alcohol level was .039 percent after the accident, which is below the .10 level at which Florida law presumes a person to be intoxicated.

Tallahassee man faces check forgery charges

NEW PORT RICHEY - A 41-year-old Tallahassee man was arrested Thursday and charged with forging more than $2,600 worth of personal checks that he stole from his 94-year-old stepmother, according to Pasco Sheriff's Office reports and court records.

Michael V. Thompson was charged with exploitation of the elderly, 13 counts of forging checks, six counts of grand theft and dealing in stolen property and was being held Friday at the West Pasco Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Thompson stole the checks from Vina Goddeau between March 20 and May 10 of last year, according to court records. The records did not say where Goddeau lived or if Thompson had been living with her.

Dade City man chased by man wielding knife

DADE CITY - A Dade City man was robbed and threatened by a man with a butcher knife who confronted him outside a convenience store early Friday morning, according to Pasco Sheriff's Office report.

Martin Serrato, 22, pulled his car into the parking lot of the Majik Market convenience store at 14th and Lock streets about 1 a.m. Friday. As Serrato got out of his car, a man about 21 years old asked him for a dollar, the report said. Serrato gave him a dollar, and then the man asked him for $5.

Serrato refused, and the man displayed a large butcher knife, the report said. Serrato ran and the man chased him, but tripped and fell, dropping the knife. Serrato hid in bushes and watched about six other men get out of the man's truck and search his car. The men stole a small black box from his glove compartment that contained personal papers.

Serrato recovered the knife and gave it to Pasco Sheriff's Office deputies.

Babysitter committed lewd acts, report says

NEW PORT RICHEY - A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts in front of two children he was babysitting, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report.

Kevin William Wehlau, of 5253 Seahorse Drive, admitted the charges to Pasco Sheriff's Office Detective Bob Ellis. Wehlau was released from the West Pasco Detention Center on $5,000 bail.

The incidents took place between April and September of last year in front of an 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.

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