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Pasco County, Florida criminal law news and events

Holiday Driver Charged with DUI After Allegedly Fatally Striking Cyclist While Impaired by Cannabis

A Holiday man is accused of driving while impaired by cannabis after he allegedly struck and killed a cyclist in Hudson last week. Twenty-five-year-old Ali Hassan Hazime was driving his 2007 Ford Explorer south on U.S. 19 last Sunday evening […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Illegal Window Tinting Leads to Chase and Multiple Felony Charges in New Port Richey

A Dade City native is facing almost two dozen charges after police in New Port Richey say they discovered significant quantities of controlled substances and firearms upon apprehending him after a vehicular chase. Twenty-seven-year-old Lionell Dieon Bates initially attracted the […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Successfully Motions for Resentencing in 2008 Murder Conviction

A Pasco County judge ordered a new penalty phase for a man on Florida’s Death Row last week based upon a motion for relief filed by Bjorn Brunvand. Senior Judge William Webb granted the order for resentencing in favor of […]... [Read More]

Wesley Chapel Woman Charged with DUI After Allegedly Leaving Accident Scene

A Wesley Chapel woman was apprehended last week after police say she left the scene of an accident she caused while driving drunk. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Wendy Ann Rogers was driving east on State Road 56 at Maple […]... [Read More]

Holiday Teen to Face Adult Felony-Murder Charges in Alleged Attack Upon Neighbor

A Holiday teenager will be facing adult first-degree felony murder charges, as Pasco County authorities say he battered and robbed a neighbor who died shortly thereafter. Fourteen-year-old Alexander Perez was indicted by a grand jury December 9 for a beating […]... [Read More]

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The butterflies in his stomach were playing ping-pong with the steak he had eaten a few hours before. He’d asked for it to be medium-rare, which it probably had been about twenty minutes before the cook took it off the […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Man Arrested for Living Under Deceased Man’s Identity for Two Decades

Richard Hoagland sits in a Pasco County jail cell today. Declared legally dead in 2003, state and federal authorities say that he has been living life as Terry Jude Symansky, who has been deceased for 25 years next Saturday. According […]... [Read More]

Seven Hundred Seventy-Seven Days

Derral had lost all hope. For seven-hundred seventy-seven days he sat in a windowless six foot by nine foot cell all day, every day.  His world was confined by three walls of cinder block and one of steel bars. There were […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Teacher Charged with DUI

Christopher Gamel, a social studies teacher at James W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of DUI property damage and personal injury after the car he was driving collided with a patrol […]... [Read More]

New Port Richey Woman Charged with Child Neglect After Crash

Crystal Dawn Rusaw of New Port Richey was arrested and charged earlier this week with child neglect and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Rusaw was driving a Ford Explorer when […]... [Read More]

Six Year Sentence in Land O’Lakes Shooting Death

Seventeen-year-old Land O’Lakes High School student Dustin Sean White was shot and killed in a parking lot at a party in 2009. His acquaintance who fired the gun pleaded guilty to manslaughter as part of a plea agreement last week. […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Woman Charged with Murder of Infant

Authorities in Pasco County charged Chekayla Dampier with second-degree murder. They accuse Dampier of murdering her 7-week old son last April by holding him under a spout of blistering 142-degree water as a punishment for crying. At the time of […]... [Read More]

Mental Competency Challenged in Pasco Murder Case

Last month, we wrote here about a Dade City man accused of stabbing a social worker to death in his apartment and pondered whether there would be a challenge to his mental competency. Our suppositions have turned out to be […]... [Read More]

Dade City Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Social Worker

Earlier this month, social worker Stephanie Ross died after allegedly being slashed multiple times with a large butcher knife by Dade City resident Lucious Smith. Ross was visiting with Smith to help him manage his Medicaid benefits. She had visited […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Woman Accused of Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

Federal prosecutors in St. Louis, Missouri have charged a Pasco County woman in a scheme they allege involved tax fraud and identity theft. Authorities claim 27-year-old Tania Nichole Henderson of Wesley Chapel was the ringleader of a theft ring that […]... [Read More]