Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Dade City man accused of stealing, selling pet pig

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man accused of stealing, selling pig

A Dade City man is in jail after authorities say he stole a pig from a house and sold it for $40. Earl Anthony Florer, 28, of 20426 Peachtree Lane, was gathering scrap metal at a home on Chenkin Road about 4 p.m. June 8 when the homeowner, Shannon Shafer, found a black and white Yorkshire pig wandering down the road. According to the sheriff's report, Florer asked to have the pig. Shafer refused, saying she thought the pig belonged to a neighbor and she was keeping it until the neighbor could pick it up. When Shafer left at 11 p.m. she locked the pig in her bedroom. When she returned at 7 a.m. the next day, the window screen had been removed, and the pig was missing. A neighbor, Anne Hammond, told deputies the 6-month-old pig, named Piggy, was her pet and had gotten out of his cage. Deputies later arrested Florer. A report said he sold the pig for $40. Deputies recovered the pig and returned him to his owner.

PORT RICHEY

Second man jailed after break-in

Sheriff's deputies have arrested the second of two men who they say tried to break into a man's home last month, prompting the homeowner to shoot at them. Cody Victor Vecchitto, 18, of 7034 Potomac Drive, Port Richey, is charged with attempted home invasion robbery, according to a Pasco County sheriff's report. Deputies arrested him after a witness turned over the license tag number he had written down shortly after the incident. The tag came back to Vecchitto, the report said. The other man accused in the May 22 incident, Tony Vazquez, 20, was arrested last week on a charge of attempted home invasion. Vazquez of Holiday remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $75,000 bail. Vecchitto was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Authorities say the pair tried to break into a home on Penwood Drive, kicking in a glass sliding door and exchanging obscenities with the homeowner, Ronald Rinaldi. Rinaldi told deputies he got a .32-caliber handgun from his bedroom, and his dog chased the men out the broken door. Rinaldi told deputies he fired at the men as they jumped his fence, according to the sheriff's report. When questioned by a deputy, Vazquez admitted going to Rinaldi's home because of a dispute with Rinaldi's son, the report said. He said the gunshot struck him on his inner right ankle. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said it would be up to the state attorney's office to decide whether Rinaldi would face charges for firing at the intruders, but he noted people have the right to defend themselves in their homes.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Obama office opened Thursday

The Obama for America campaign opened a regional office in Wesley Chapel on Thursday evening. The office is one of 31 across Florida and four in the Tampa Bay area. It is at 29141 Chapel Park Drive, Wesley Chapel. For information, call (352) 213-0487.

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