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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Man booked after parking too close to train tracks

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A Webster man was arrested early Wednesday after being found in the CSX rail yard at Cortez Boulevard and Burwell Road.

According to an arrest affidavit, a train conductor saw Anthony Strawbridge's pickup parked so close to the tracks that he needed to slow down to pass by.

The conductor alerted CSX and all other trains to pass through the area at a slow speed.

Strawbridge, 41, later told law enforcement "he had entered CSX property without permission to pick up trash, which he believed had been dumped by other people," according to an arrest affidavit.

Strawbridge later told law enforcement that he was in the rail yard looking for scrap metal when his truck stopped near the tracks.

Jail records show Strawbridge was booked on a public order crime of interfering with railroad track or equipment, and released on his own recognizance.

Court records show Strawbridge was found guilty of grand theft in 2008, and he served about six months in the county jail.

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