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Caregiver accused of pawning Pasco man's bracelet

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man's bracelet pawned; health aide accused

A caregiver taking care of her patient's cats while he was in the hospital stole his bracelet and pawned it, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Wanda J. Willis, 54, was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft. A report said Willis was one of two home health aides caring for a 49-year-old disabled man who lives on Casa Del Sol Way in New Port Richey. The man told authorities he went into the hospital on Jan. 20 and was released Feb. 26. He couldn't find his bracelet, which he said was worth $2,000 and had sentimental value to him. Willis told authorities the victim gave her the bracelet as a gift. She pawned it on Jan. 29, while the victim was still in the hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office. Willis was fired from her job with Home Health Works before the victim was released from the hospital after not showing up to a different patient's home, the report states. Willis, of 6009 Montana Ave. in New Port Richey, was in the Pasco County jail on Tuesday in lieu of $2,000 bail.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Pothole fix forces I-75 lane closure

Early morning traffic on Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel is bad enough each workday as commuters head to their jobs in Tampa. Tuesday was even worse. A pothole opened on southbound I-75 at County Road 54, forcing officials to close the right lane until late afternoon when they completed repairs.

LAND O'LAKES

Two men arrested in home invasion

Three men broke into a house and held a victim at knifepoint as they demanded drugs and money, authorities said. The incident happened about 5 a.m. March 19 at the 21-year-old victim's garage apartment on Banjo Lakes Road in Land O'Lakes. The victim — who knew at least one of the suspects — was pushed to the ground, but not injured, a report states. The thieves stole a pellet gun, a Nintendo Wii, and a cell phone. One suspect told authorities the trio went there looking for marijuana, but didn't find any. One thief dropped his cell phone outside the victim's house, the report stated. Two suspects have been arrested — Patrick S. Fletcher, 23, of 23632 Abercorn Lane in Land O'Lakes, and Kenan Harriott, 24, of 21229 Preservation Drive in Land O'Lakes. Harriott was arrested March 19 and charged with home invasion robbery with a weapon, false imprisonment, grand theft and simple battery. He was released from jail March 20 on $31,150 bail. Fletcher was arrested Monday and is charged with home invasion robbery with a weapon and false imprisonment. He was being held in jail Tuesday on $155,000 bail.

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