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Arrest follows attack after alleged car theft

ZEPHYRHILLS

Arrest follows attack after alleged car theft

On the morning of March 14, a 20-year-old man stole a girl's car at a party in Seffner — crashed, totaled the car, hitched a ride back to Pasco and was a block from home when the girl and her pals caught up with him, authorities said.

At 7:11 a.m., in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 8154 in Paul S. Buchman Highway, in Zephyrhills, two young men severely kicked and punched him in the head and body — breaking bones in his face, fracturing his skull, causing his brain to bleed, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.

The alleged robber — who is now 21 — was taken to a hospital. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said he has recovered and doesn't remember the incident, which was caught on VFW security camera footage.

He doesn't appear to have been charged in the alleged auto theft, according to record searches.

Tuesday, one person was arrested in connection with the attack. Joshua T. Pulliam, 23, of 12119 Albany Ave., in the Griffin Park community of Hudson, has been charged with aggravated battery. He is being held at the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The other suspect is still at large.

LAND O'LAKES

Part of lip bitten off; charges follow fight

What started as a heated argument outside a Beef O'Brady's turned into a fight that left one man without part of his lower lip.

Authorities say Cecil Stringer, 40, interrupted a game of cornhole outside the restaurant Tuesday night to confront Jason Maley, 36, whom Stringer accused of gossiping about Stringer's ex-wife in front of Stringer's children. The argument quickly turned physical.

Witnesses told Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies that Stringer threw the first punch. Soon both men were wrestling on the ground. At one point, Stringer bit off about half an inch of Maley's lower lip, according to an arrest report.

Chased by Maley and other witnesses, Stringer fled the scene, only to come back an hour later.

Stringer, of 1241 Aldrich Court in Wesley Chapel, has been charged with aggravated batter. He was released from Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pedestrian killed in late-night car crash

A pedestrian walking down the middle of Congress Street on Friday night died after being struck by a car, a Florida Highway Patrol report said.

Charles Lee Jr., 39, of New Port Richey was walking in the southbound lane north of Pine Hill Road at about 11:21 p.m., when James Nagy, 38, who was driving south in a 1995 Mercury sedan, hit him. Nagy told authorities he did not see Lee in time to avoid him. Nagy hit the brakes and swerved left, but the car's right front side hit with Lee, throwing him onto the shoulder of the road.

Lee was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

The accident is still under investigation, the report said. No charges have been filed.

Lee, who worked a variety of jobs but was on disability, is survived by his fiancee, Angela Arline, and their two children, ages 8 and 2. The two were planning to marry when Arline finishes nursing school in a year and a half, she said.

"You don't want to rush things," she said. "You always think there's going to be another day."

After talking to witnesses who saw the crash scene, Arline suggested Lee might have been walking on the grass along Congress Street, not in the road as FHP said. She also questioned whether Nagy might have been impaired in some way, she said, adding that she has hired a lawyer.

FHP determined Nagy was not under the influence of alcohol, the report said.

A funeral for Lee will be held Friday in Port Richey.

Arrest follows attack after alleged car theft 07/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:22pm]
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