Zephyrhills Free Press

Police Log

Jan. 14, 2021

A 32-year-old Zephyrhills woman was arrested for battery and criminal mischief Jan. 5 after she damaged a vehicle and battered the vehicle’s owner.

According to Zephyrhills Police, Megan Holland of 39701 Otis Allen Rd. struck the exterior side mirrors of the victim’s van and then struck the victim in the left ear with a closed fist. She ran from the scene.

The victim positively identified the Holland as the woman who struck him. After police made contact with Holland, she who told police she does not remember striking the victim. She advised she was drinking alcohol the night of the incident. She was issued a notice to appear and later released.

A 30-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Dec. 31 after failing to register as a convicted felon.

According to the ZPD arrest affidavit, David Barlow of 4635 La Force St., was released from prison May 30, 2020 to a Hillsborough County address. Zephyrhills Police said Barlow’s primary residence is in the city. Police searched agency records that showed four cases and 13 calls involving Barlow at the Zephyrhills address between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31

It was determined that Barlow failed to register as a felon since moving to Pasco County. He was arrested and released to Pasco County Sheriff deputies.

A 46-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Jan. 3 for domestic battery after a family physical altercation.

According to ZPD, Michael Laursen, of 38835 4th Ave., got into a physical altercation with his stepson. He told police he was defending himself from the victim.

He was transported to ZPD and released to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

A 44-year-old Wesley Chapel man was arrested for possession of fentanyl during a New Year’s Day traffic stop.

According to Zephyrhills Police, Michael Jones of 1714 Upper Rd., was pulled over by police for a seatbelt violation. Police reported the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Jones presented a medical marijuana card but told officers he had a marijuana joint not within the packaging distributed from the dispensary.

After Jones exited the vehicle, police noticed a bulge in his left sock which turned out to .43 grams of fentanyl. He told police he thought the substance was heroin. He was arrested and transported to the Pasco County Jail.

A 32-year-old transient was arrested Jan. 1 for carrying a concealed firearm.

According to ZPD, police stopped Read in a traffic stop in a 2000 GMC pickup. A check revealed Read did not have a valid driver’s license. He told police he had a gun concealed in his pocket. The gun was identified as a Glock 43 .9mm containing a magazine with six .9mm rounds of live ammunition.

A check revealed Read did not have a concealed carry permit. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Pasco County Jail.

A 34-year-old transient was arrested Jan. 2 on drug charges and driving on a suspended license.

According to ZPD, Jericho Hunter was pulled over by police for a window tint violation. A check revealed he was habitual traffic violator. Police smelled a distinct odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After Hunter was read his rights, he told police he was in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia after a firm abnormality was observed protruding from his pants.

A search of the vehicle revealed a safe belonging to Hunter containing 3.27 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. Hunter was arrested and transported to the Pasco County Jail.

A 65-year-old Eustis man was arrest New Year’s Day for aggravated assault after a road rage incident.

According to a ZPD report, Jerome Walker of 2400 Kurt St., was involved in a road rage incident that ended in the parking lot of the WaWa Convenience Store on Gall Boulevard. Police said the two were involved in a verbal altercation when Walker retrieved a pool stick from his vehicle and stuck the victim in the head and arm.

Surveillance video of the parking lot and gas pump area confirmed the battery. Walker was arrested and transported to Pasco County Jail.

A 33-year-old Zephyrhills woman was arrested Jan. 6 for child neglect after police found her unconscious after taking heroin.

Police said Jennifer Smith of 38714 South Avenue was found unconscious by Pasco County Fire Rescue in her home where she was the caregiver of two infant children. She admitted to police to taking a small dose of heroin.

She was transported to Advent Health Zephyrhills for medical clearance and later transported to the Pasco County Jail.

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