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Housing agency worker has run-in with deputies

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A Pasco County Housing Authority manager was arrested Thursday, accused of obstruction and resisting arrest without violence.

Kandi Marie Vanover-Peters, 24, became irate with deputies who were at the Dade Oaks apartment complex to interview a domestic battery suspect, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Vanover-Peters wanted a trespassing warning issued to the resident at the apartments who had been accused of domestic battery.

When deputies initially said they couldn’t issue the warning, Vanover-Peters screamed expletives at them, deputies said.

Instead, deputies told Vanover-Peters that she was interfering with their investigation and could be arrested for obstruction.

“You can’t arrest me for anything!” she yelled, according to the report. “You have to do what I say!”

Vanover-Peters asked the deputies for their badge numbers and was told that deputies don’t have badge numbers, the sheriff’s report says. A deputy told her to go back to her office, and she did.

After deputies decided to issue a trespass warning to the resident, they went to Vanover-Peters’ office to tell her that the warning had been issued and to provide her with a case number, the report states.

Deputies said Vanover-Peters refused to take a business card that had the case number on it. A deputy then arrested Vanover-Peters for obstruction.

The report says that deputies had to forcibly handcuff Vanover-Peters. A deputy fell on his right side as Vanover-Peters resisted deputies attempts to walk her to a patrol car, the report states.

“You’re hurting me. You can’t do this. You’re taking my arm out of its socket,” Vanover-Peters said, according to the report.

Deputies said Vanover-Peters declined medical treatment.

After two Housing Authority officials arrived at the scene, deputies decided not to take Vanover-Peters to jail.

She was issued a notice-to-appear citation.

David Lambert, chairman of the Housing Authority, said the agency is conducting an internal investigation and Vanover-Peters is still on the job.

“She’s been very good,” Lambert said of Vanover-Peters. “Our vacancy rate has gone down since she started. We have had no real issues with her.”


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