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Suspect's dad charged with violating parole

The father of a young man accused of killing sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison wound up in jail on charges of fleeing his parole in Pennsylvania.

Alfredie Steele Sr., 45, was arrested on an unrelated traffic offense Tuesday near his home at Wilson Street and Hampton Avenue outside Dade City, according to a report with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

A background check revealed that he was wanted on a parole violation out of Pennsylvania, the report said. Steele fled that state in July 1995, a few months after starting his parole term and two years short of completing it, said Lauren Taylor, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. He had served about two years in prison on drug charges, she said.

He had been missing ever since. Steele will be sent back to Pennsylvania, where the parole board will decide either to make him serve the rest of his time in prison or to parole him again, she said.

Steele is the father of Alfredie Steele Jr., 20, who could face the death penalty if convicted of shooting and killing Harrison outside a Trilacoochee nightclub last year. The trial is scheduled for June.

Driver for two accused

in meth lab fire arrested

DADE CITY _ Police have arrested the suspected getaway man for the alleged operators of a methamphetamine lab that officials blamed for a fire that destroyed a house.

Willis Tate, 26, was arrested by Dade City police Tuesday at 35042 Pasco Ave. and later charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Tate of 13914 Third St. was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail, where he was released after posting $500 bail.

Police had been searching for him after he and two residents of a burning house on Main Avenue fled the home in Tate's vehicle, according to a police report.

The two residents, 26-year-old Mark Anthony King and 29-year-old Linda Sue Gifford, are being sought in connection with the fire Sunday at 37204 Main Ave. Investigators think it was started by a camp stove being used to make meth.

Pasco sheriff's deputies arrested Gifford and King last month on charges of running a meth lab in Dade City. The two remain at large, police said.

Debate on penny tax

slated in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Democratic Women's Club of Pasco will sponsor a debate on the proposed Penny for Pasco sales tax initiative at 10 a.m. Saturday in the New Port Richey Library on Main Street.

Louise Hinkley, first vice president of the club, said Democratic Executive Committee public relations chairman Calvin Branch will moderate. The propenny side will be represented by County Commissioner Peter Altman, Pasco County School District chief financial officer Chuck Rushe and Democratic activist Michael Ledbetter. John Coyne, a member of the West Pasco Democratic Club, will represent the opposing viewpoint.

Hinkley said she still is awaiting confirmation from two other Democrats who have taken an antipenny stance.

Voters will decide March 9 whether to support the 1-cent-on-the-dollar increase to support school construction, road projects and various municipal projects.

For information about the debate, call (727) 844-3367 or (727) 848-1902.

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