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High-speed motorcycle chase ends at home

(ran PW PS editions of Pasco Times)

A 24-year-old motorcyclist is accused of leading sheriff's deputies on a chase Wednesday evening around the streets near Northcliffe Boulevard.

Thomas James Minks, of 7451 Wabash Trail in Spring Hill, faces several charges and citations, including fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, running a red light and driving with a suspended license, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.

A deputy saw a motorcyclist pass several cars in a no-passing lane near the Hess gas station at Mariner and Northcliffe boulevards at 8:20 p.m.

When the deputy caught up to the motorcycle at a nearby traffic light, the man sped through the red light, the report said. He reached speeds of 100 mph on Northcliffe Boulevard.

He eventually ended up on Forest Oaks Boulevard and then Wabash Trail, where several witnesses saw him turn into the house at 7451 Wabash Trail, the report said.

Deputies questioned the man and determined he was the one on the motorcycle.

Minks was taken to the Hernando County Jail but released without having to post bail.

Store employee

faces fraud charges

BROOKSVILLE _ A 22-year-old clerk at the Dollar Tree Store at 13154 Cortez Blvd. is accused of pocketing money destined for the cash register.

Susan Arcarola, of Everett Avenue in Spring Hill, faces one count of organized fraud, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.

A supervisor suspected Arcarola of taking customers' money without entering the transactions on the store's cash register.

Videotapes showed that she would conceal the money in her purse or her pockets, the report said. Arcarola told the investigating deputy that she took between $10 and $30 about 30 to 40 times over the past few months, the report said.

She was taken to the Hernando County Jail on Wednesday and released on $1,000 bail.