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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 05:10 PM

Man, 69, charged with robbing bank

A 69-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning in Port Richey, accused of robbing a Capital City Bank branch last week.

Harold Van Horne walked into the bank at 10290 Regency Park Blvd. in Port Richey at 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, demanded money and rode away on a bicycle, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

He didn't display a weapon, authorities said.

Port Richey police officers arrested Van Horne shortly after 11 a.m. at the Walmart at 8701 U.S. 19, where they were called to check out a suspicious person. Van Horne matched the description of the bank robber released last week and already had been identified as a suspect.

Van Horne was booked into the Pasco County jail on a charge of robbery without a weapon. His bail is set at $50,000.

He had been released from state prison Nov. 3 and is on probation for a 2009 bank robbery.

In 2010, he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after being convicted of three counts of robbery without a weapon.

Arrest made in hit-run homeless death

A St. Petersburg man was arrested Sunday in the hit-and-run death of a homeless man Saturday, Pinellas Park police said.

Scott Alan Benedict, 48, a transient, was struck and killed Saturday night while crossing U.S. 19 near Mainlands Boulevard, police said. He was either walking or pushing his bicycle. Benedict died at the scene.

The vehicle that hit Benedict drove away after the crash. Witnesses described it as an early to mid-2000s white Ford Explorer SUV, police said.

Police arrested Nicholas Kachmar, 55, 10694 Snug Harbor Road N.E., St. Petersburg, on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Kachmar had been driving a vehicle that matched the description of the SUV that hit Benedict, and police found damage to his SUV that matched evidence collected from the crash site.

Deputies: Man killed, friend wounded

A man was shot to death near his Lakeland home early Sunday morning, and a friend was undergoing surgery after the two returned from a night of partying in Ybor City, authorities said.

The shooting happened at 4:20 a.m. on Swiss Drive, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies arrived to find Sean Anthony, 23, Williamson, 613 Swiss Drive, dead in the road near his home. Williamson and a friend had gone to Ybor City to party, and when they returned home a dark-colored car drove up and blocked in the victim's car, the sheriff's office reported.

Two unknown men got out and fired several shots at Williamson and his friend, whose name was not released. Both were wounded, deputies said.

The shooters then sped off, as Williamson's friend drove himself to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for gunshot wounds, deputies said.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the shooters is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at (863) 298-6200. To remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or visit heartlandcrimestoppers.com.

Couple in crash still in critical condition

Two people injured in a wreck on Interstate 75 near Ruskin on Saturday night remained in critical condition Sunday at Tampa General Hospital, while the couple's infant daughter was stable, authorities reported.

Mario Limon, 25, of Gibsonton, was southbound in a 2000 Ford Taurus when, just after 9 p.m., the car swerved, flipped and crashed into several trees in the median, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

Limon and his girlfriend, Desiree R. Parks, 23, also of Gibsonton, and the couple's 11-month-old daughter, Ruby Limon, all were thrown from the car, troopers said. None was wearing a seatbelt or safety restraint, troopers said.

Mario Limon and Parks were airlifted to TGH. The baby was taken to TGH by ambulance.

No charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation.

From staff reports

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