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Palm Harbor man accused of pushing school bus driver

Published:   |   Updated: April 3, 2013 at 04:25 PM

A Palm Harbor man has been arrested on charges he pushed a school bus driver Monday as the bus driver was helping a special-needs student off the bus, according to police records.

Frank Bottari, 51, of 2309 Knoll Ave. N., was charged with battery on an employee of the school district. Bail was set at $50,000 following his arrest Tuesday night.

The bus driver, Paul Leyendecker, had asked Bottari to control his dogs, which were running loose, as Leyendecker was helping a special-needs child outside Bottari’s house, according to an arrest report.

Bottari began swearing at Leyendecker, approached him, then “used a closed fist to push” Leyendecker, threatening to “rip him apart,” the report says.

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