NEW PORT RICHEY
Age bias alleged in suit against Sheriff's Office
Six former employees of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office filed an age discrimination lawsuit this week against the agency. The lawsuit echoes the same group's complaint filed last summer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Former Capts. Skip Stone, Sandra Reed and Jim Driscoll, and former staff attorneys Mary Ann Burke, Mike Randall and Ron France were all 56 or older when they say they were forced to retire or resign in late 2008 or early 2009. They contend they were replaced with younger people who were equally or less qualified. Some left the Sheriff's Office after being told the agency was "going in a different direction." They are seeking reinstatement with back pay and benefits, or financial compensation in lieu of reinstatement. The Sheriff's Office has said it does not comment on pending litigation.
Woman accused of scalding man
A 29-year-old woman is accused of dumping a pot of boiling water on a man during an argument in her house. Fania Robinson, a nail technician who has "Sweetie" tattooed on her chest, told officers she was cooking on the stove Feb. 15 when she became angry with the man, according to a report by the Zephyrhills Police Department. She threw the hot water onto the man, who received third-degree burns on his chest and arms, the police report said. The man was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. His updated condition was not available Tuesday. Robinson, of 5323 20th St., was arrested Monday. She is charged with aggravated battery and is being held without bail. The reason for her delayed arrest was not available from the Zephyrhills Police Department.