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PROSECUTOR RESIGNS AFTER ARREST

A Pinellas-Pasco assistant state attorney was one of nine men charged with exposing themselves in a Largo undercover police investigation of public park restrooms last month, officials said Friday. Fred Andrew Taylor, 36, resigned from the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office on Nov. 15, a day after he was charged, said Kendall Davidson, county court division director. He had been with the office for about a year. "Prior to the incident he had been a very professional and skilled attorney with our office," Davidson said. Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett said Taylor came into the office the day after his arrest and resigned. "He said he was sorry for the embarrassment that he caused the office," Bartlett said. Bartlett said he would have fired Taylor for the offense had he not resigned. Although all parks in the city were monitored, Officer Rick Owens said all of the arrests were made at Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. "Most of the time they don't even know the person," Owens said. "They just show up in the restroom exposing themselves." The sting happened on three different days during the second week of November. Since then, Largo police have performed spot checks but have made no arrests.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Officers say teen'svehicle hit pedestrian

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a pedestrian Thursday on Otis Allen Road. From her home, Michelle Vasquez said she could hear two trucks speeding. "Then I heard that loud bang." She said she saw two trucks driving side by side on the two-lane road — going well over the 45 mph speed limit. What she heard was someone shouting to another person: "I think I just hit a person!" Wayne W. Wood, 48, of 8046 Opal Lane, Zephyrhills, was pronounced dead on the scene. The Florida Highway Patrol said he was hit by a 2004 GMC Sierra driven by Justin Collura, 18, of 7840 Shannon Lane, Zephyrhills.

BROOKSVILLE

Man leads chasethrough 3 counties

A Floral City man who was due in court Friday led authorities on a chase through three counties before he wrecked a stolen lawn service truck. The chase began in Inverness where sheriff's deputies responded to a call at 8:22 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle stuck in the dirt, reports state. At the scene, deputies began to question Jeffrey Scott Bush Jr., who suddenly ran off. That was the start of the nearly hourlong pursuit through Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties, involving dozens of deputies, a helicopter and punctured tires — which caused Bush to crash at Lake Lindsey Road and Snow Memorial Highway.

INVERNESS

Judge to rule on Couey's statements

John Couey, the convicted sex offender charged in the death of Jessica Lunsford, will appear in court Dec. 19. Circuit Judge Ric Howard is weighing a number of motions, most important whether to allow some recently discovered incriminating statements Couey made to Orlando investigators.

Elsewhere

BROOKSVILLE: Three Hernando schools were locked down for 45 minutes on Friday. Hernando deputies responded to the report of a burglary on Vicki Lane, which is near Pine Grove Elementary, West Hernando Middle and Central High School.

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