NEW PORT RICHEY - An anonymous call regarding a door ajar at a mobile home early Tuesday led Pasco County sheriff's deputies to a large marijuana operation. No one was home at 3707 Elfers Parkway around 8 a.m. when deputies found 81 marijuana plants valued at about $1,000 each, said sheriff's office spokesman Doug Tobin. The home, which had little furniture, looked as if its primary use was to grow marijuana, Tobin said. While no arrests have been made, deputies have a suspect, said Tobin, who would not confirm if the suspect was the mobile home's owner. The person could face a cultivation of marijuana charge.
State Health Department
suspends doctor's license
NEW PORT RICHEY - The Florida Health Department has suspended the license of a New Port Richey doctor accused of Medicaid and prescription fraud. The emergency suspension was ordered Monday against Dr. Satyanarayana Rao Korabathina on the grounds that he improperly prescribed "highly addictive and dangerous drugs," failed to keep medical records justifying the treatments and submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid. Korabathina was arrested Feb. 2 after a seven-month investigation by the state Attorney General's Office and Pasco County Sheriff's Office. In an interview with the Health Department, the doctor denied any wrongdoing, records show.
Woman in jail after fleeing
more than five years ago
SPRING HILL - On the lam for five-plus years, a woman charged with causing a friend's death was back behind bars on Monday. Dorothy June Butterfield, 27, failed to appear for an Oct. 26, 2000, court hearing on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, vehicular homicide and driving without a valid license. Authorities said Butterfield, then 19, was driving a Jeep when it struck a fence in Shady Hills and flipped. One passenger died and six others were hurt. Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Butterfield had been living and working in McMinn County in Tennessee, but was arrested by law enforcement officers at her mother's home in Spring Hill. Butterfield was booked into the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday on a $75,000 bond.
David Casamento was arrested on Sunday following a fatal traffic crash that occurred Dec. 17, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. An item Tuesday gave the wrong date for the crash and attributed information to a different law enforcement agency.
A photo Tuesday of a cat that had been shot with an arrow was taken by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The caption credited another agency.