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Mother robs bank with her 3-year-old for drug money

Mother robs bank with her 3-year-old for drug money

PASCO COUNTY, Florida -- The Pasco County Sheriff says a pill popping mom made several big mistakes when she decided she needed cash for her habit. Deputies say 24-year-old Cherilyn Jannette Lopez held up a bank, with her son in tow, in the middle of the afternoon.

The robbery happened at the Regions Bank on State Road 52 in Port Richey around 2:15 Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's deputies say when Lopez first pulled up to the bank, she left her mini-van running with her 3-year-old son in his car seat. Before she ever had a chance to rob the place, deputies tell us her son got out of the van, came up to the bank door, and got the attention of the bank manager inside. That's when authorities say Lopez opened the door, brought her son inside, and robbed the bank.

Woman brings 3-year-old along to rob Regions Bank

Woman brings 3-year-old along to rob Regions Bank

Port Richey, Florida -- The Pasco Sheriff's Office responded to a bank robbery that was called into PSO communications at 2:15 p.m. A white female suspect with a three-year-old boy went into the bank, handed the teller a note and demanded money.

The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

That robbery occurred at Region's Bank (7512 SR 52), in Port Richey.

The suspect dropped the child off at a nearby daycare center shortly after the robbery. As the suspect was driving on SR 52 a deputy stopped the suspect vehicle identified as a silver Chrysler mini-van and put her into custody where she admitted to robbing the bank post Miranda.  The suspect vehicle was stopped at 2:22 p.m.

The suspect is being questioned by detectives.  The boy has been found and is unharmed.

The traffic stop of the silver Chrysler minivan took place at SR 52 and Athena Boulevard.

Arrested man: 48 beers was about 10 too many

HUDSON, Florida (AP) -- A man told Pasco County Sheriff's deputies he had about 10 beers too many as he celebrated his birthday.

Fifty-eight-year-old James Taylor says he drank 48 beers on Thursday evening, prompting a stern lecture from a deputy for causing a disturbance at Hudson Beach.

Read: James Taylor's arrest affidavit (PDF)

Officials say Taylor, a transient, left the beach. But he came back, and officials say this time he caused such a ruckus that he scared a woman and her young grandchildren.

An arrest report states that Taylor exposed his genitals and "urinated in the middle of the sand."

He also continued to shout profanities.

A deputy returned to the beach, arrested Taylor and took him to the Land O'Lakes jail. He is charged with disorderly intoxication in a public place and causing a disturbance.

Contestants create 'Cheetah Hunt' out of pretzels

Contestants create 'Cheetah Hunt' out of pretzels

Tampa, FL -- Six finalists from across the country squared off at Busch Gardens, creating a replica Cheetah Hunt coaster out of Synder's of Hanover Pretzels.

The finalists submitted images of their pretzel-coaster prototypes and were selected by a panel of judges from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Synder's of Hanover.

Contestants put their masterpieces together with hot glue. They each got a little extra inspiration with an exclusive ride on the coaster before starting.

In the end, 50-year-old Steven Boyd and his son Jesse from Plantation were the Grand Prize winners coming in First Place. He was followed by 13-year-old Ryan Brautigam from Lutz and 17-year-old Freddie Knorr from Pickerton, Ohio was the People's Choice winner.

Investigation into Mont. police shooting of Fla. man

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) -- Park County officials have scheduled an inquest in the shooting death of an 81-year-old Florida man who reportedly shot the mother of a young genius the man obsessed over.

County Attorney Brett Linneweber and Coroner Al Jenkins say the inquest into the death of Thomas Kyros of New Port Richey, Florida, will be held July 12. An inquest is required when someone is killed by a law enforcement officer.

Kyros was shot Jan. 17 during a standoff with officers who responded to a report that Kyros had shot Georgia Smith southwest of Livingston.

Authorities say Kyros became obsessed with 19-year-old Promethea Pythaitha after reading about her extraordinary intelligence, but believed her mother was interfering with the young woman's potential.

Kyros told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that he had sent Pythaitha money and books and was angry because he believed Smith had cut off contact.

Woman arrested after falling asleep in Burger King drive-thru

Woman arrested after falling asleep in Burger King drive-thru

Hernando County, Florida -- A Hudson woman was arrested after deputies say she fell asleep in the Burger King drive-thru early Wednesday morning.

Investigators say someone noticed Dana Larson Damiani, 40, asleep in her car in the drive-thru of the restaurant.  Then, she woke up and drove northbound on Commercial Way, according to a witness.

Damiani's vehicle then rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of Commercial Way and Forest Oaks Boulevard.

Deputies say Damiani showed signs of impairment and had a Xanax pill in her purse.  Also in her purse, deputies found a tightly-rolled business card with green residue, according to the arrest report.

Damiani was arrested for DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man finds 10-foot alligator swimming in his pool

NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida (AP) -- A New Port Richey man got a big surprise when he came home for lunch.

Kenneth Donovan says he heard his beagle, Jake, barking Tuesday afternoon and went outside to investigate. That's when he saw a large hole in the screened patio and a 10-foot alligator in the swimming pool.

Pictures: Alligators wrangled, hunted around Florida

Donovan called his wife, Annemarie, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which sent alligator trapper Candy Moniz to fetch the gator from the pool.

The gator will be put down under Florida's nuisance policy and Moniz will get to sell the meat and pelt.