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DEPUTIES: WOMAN STEALS PUBLIX CART

PORT RICHEY

Deputies say Tara Dawn Crozier stopped only to cash a Western Union check on Friday before she steered an electric shopping cart out of the Publix's automatic doors. She rode past the outer reaches of the store's parking lot then off into the sunset.

An employee called deputies, who watched the shopping cart on surveillance video at 7037 Ridge Road, a Pasco Sheriff's report states, then went to track her down.

They found the cart an hour later, abandoned at a street corner a mile away. Crozier, 38, was one street away, hiding in an abandoned trailer, the report states. She was aggressive and tried to pull away when authorities tried to handcuff her.

Crozier, of 4220 Sheldon Drive in New Port Richey, was arrested on charges of grand theft and resisting arrest. She was released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $2,150 bail.

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NEW PORT RICHEY

Motorcycle crash kills woman, 44

A woman was killed Sunday evening when her motorcycle crashed on the side of State Road 54.

Marcy Lynne Bacon-Stutzman, 44, of New Port Richey was driving in the westbound lane east of Starkey Boulevard at 5:15 p.m. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, she missed a curve in the road, continuing through the median and an eastbound turn lane before striking a storm drain.

The impact launched the Suzuki, which overturned and ejected Bacon-Stutzman, who landed in the westbound lane, the report states. She died at the scene.

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