Friday, January 18, 2013
New Port Richey Police Officer John Nohejl was arrested in Hernando County Friday. He was already on administrative leave from the city agency.
A longtime New Port Richey Police officer has been arrested on felony charges and is now under investigation. John Nohejl, a 13-year veteran of the department, was off-duty when he was arrested by Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies Friday, according to New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens. Nohejl was charged with trafficking in drugs, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing to elude police, possession of cocaine and two charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Nohejl has been on paid administrative leave since April 18, when Steffens ordered the first of two internal affairs investigations into Nohejl concerning allegations related to on-duty incidents. Nohejl's last post at the department was master patrol officer. …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The mother has been charged with neglect.
A Good Samaritan is getting the credit for letting New Port Richey Police know about a naked 3-year-old boy who was wandering the area of Hills Drive and Massachusetts Avenue today. According to a New Port Richey Police Department media release, a 911 call came in from a “Good Samaritan” around 12:40 p.m. today, Sept. 22. A motorist told police the toddler was on the street and that he would stay with the child until they arrived. Once the child was recovered by police, a search for the child’s home and guardians began. City police worked with Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies to canvass the neighborhood and a K-9 Deputy with a bloodhound was also dispatched to the scene. Around 2 p.m., a resident of a nearby apartment complex recognized the…
Monday, July 16, 2012
Nearly enough volunteers have stepped forward to handle animal complaints and perform kennel work.
With a dozen volunteers ready to begin training, organizers believe enough people will be ready to handle animal control duties by Oct. 1 when New Port Richey severs ties with Pasco County’s animal control and takes responsibility. Also, work is ready to start on the construction of kennels at the city police station to house dogs the volunteer animal control officers pick up, said Sharon McReynolds, volunteer program coordinator for what is being called the New Port Richey Animal Protection Unit. The idea is the brainchild of McReynolds and veterinarian Terry Spencer. McReynolds has been at the forefront of an effort that started in 2011 to have New Port Richey break away from its contract with Pasco County to provide animal control …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
This isn't the first time he's been arrested.
A former coach at Mitchell High School with a long arrest record has once again been arrested. A New Port Richey Police officer pulled over a 2002 Toyota Tundra Pickup Wednesday morning at the corner of Grand Boulevard and Montana Avenue after noticing the truck was driven by William Napolitano, according to a press release. The officer knew Napolitano’s license had been revoked, according to the release. The officer placed Napolitano under arrest. Prior to impound, the truck was searched. Just before the search, Napolitano blurted, “You will find a lot of coke in there," the release said. Police discovered 35 grams of powdered cocaine on the driver's side floor board along with a scale and plastic baggies for distribution, according to …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Reginald Johnson was unharmed and reunited with family.
Reginald Johnson, a Holiday man who had been reported missing and endangered, was found safe and unharmed Friday night. Johnson was found by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office around 11 p.m. last night, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. He was reunited with family. On Friday afternoon, Johnson, who was born in 1933, left Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey just before 1 p.m. Hospital authorities notified the police department and asked officers to check on Johnson’s well-being. Johnson “appeared to be "confused,” the release said. It is unclear whether Johnson was a patient at the hospital.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A truck hit the 19-year-old as he crossed Marine Parkway at U.S. 19, landing him in the hospital.
A New Port Richey man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence and other offenses after the truck he was driving struck and severely injured a 19-year-old bicyclist Tuesday night. Russell Smith, 62, was driving a silver 2010 Toyota Tundra west on Marine Parkway across U.S. 19 when the truck struck the bicyclist, according to New Port Richey Police. The bicyclist was riding south in the crosswalk on the west side of Marine Parkway, police stated. The bicyclist was transported by Bayflite to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was last listed in serious condition. The New Port Richey Police Department did not release the victim's name Wednesday because his next-of-kin had not been notified. Smith provided false identification …