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Sheriff's Office says thanks to volunteers

(ran North, South editions)

Sheriff Bob White this week honored citizens who volunteer with the Sheriff's Office.

He presented Angela Signoriello the 2004 Pasco Sheriff's Office Volunteer of the Year award.

Signoriello started as a volunteer with the Sheriff's Office in 1997.

Volunteering in the Victims Advocate Unit, she quickly became a valued and trusted member of the unit, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Signoriello was one of more than 100 volunteers and their guests who turned out for a luncheon at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey on Wednesday.

Car chase ends in suspect's arrest

NEW PORT RICHEY _ After a brief car chase, police arrested a 35-year-old man wanted in Illinois on charges of aggravated sexual activity on a child.

An officer attempted to stop Lyle S. Brunson when he was seen swerving in the area of Congress Street and Bandura Avenue in a Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, New Port Richey police said.

He fled, but officers were able to box him in with their cruisers soon afterward, police said.

A computer check then revealed the Illinois warrant.

Brunson was being held in the county jail without bail Thursday.

He faces charges of fleeing to elude, DUI, possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license.