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Clearwater man charged after raid on Conn. grow house

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Clearwater man charged after drug raid

A Clearwater man and three others were arrested in Connecticut on Monday, accused of operating an elaborate marijuana grow house, authorities say. Arrested were Sisouk Phravixay, 56, of Clearwater; Thomas Phravixay, 40, of Canterbury, Conn.; Richard Houghtaling, 47, of Danbury, Conn.; and William Eichin, 41, of Naugatuck, Conn. In a news release, Connecticut state police said they seized about 1,100 marijuana plants worth about $1 million at a home in the northeast Connecticut city. The four men were building a greenhouse at the property when they were interrupted by authorities, who were acting on a tip, the release said. Police say they also found $1,600 in cash and various pieces of equipment used for cultivation. Each of the men faces several drug charges. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Sisouk Phravixay, of 4811 162nd Ave. N, does not have a criminal record in Florida. It was unclear Tuesday if Sisouk Phravixay and Thomas Phravixay are related.

CLEARWATER

Anger over crumbs ends in charge

A 48-year-old woman was arrested Monday night after she cut her boyfriend with a broken dinner plate because he left food crumbs while making a sandwich, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies say. Christina A. Healy, who deputies say also goes by Christina Metz, was charged with aggravated battery. On Tuesday afternoon, she was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. According to an arrest report, Healy and her boyfriend, Richard Ulrich, were at their home at 6025 140 Ter. about 8:20 p.m. Monday. Ulrich made himself a sandwich. Healy wanted Ulrich to clean up the crumbs, so she threw the plate at him, the arrest report said. When the plate broke, Healy picked up a shard and used it to cut Ulrich on the left side of his head, the arrest report said. Ulrich was taken to Largo Medical Center. It was unclear what his condition was on Tuesday afternoon.

PALM HARBOR

Primary hopefuls convene Thursday

The Palm Harbor Coalition is holding a Republican primary candidate forum for candidates representing Palm Harbor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Palm Harbor Recreational Center, 1500 16th St. The public is invited. For information, visit www.palmharborcoalition.org.

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Clearwater man charged after raid on Conn. grow house 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:08pm]

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