Event Friday offers help to homeless vets
Homeless veterans will get free help on Friday as the St. Jude's Homeless Veteran's Resource Center hosts its second annual "Stand Down'' event at 4826 Bartelt Road in Holiday. Veterans will be provided with a broad range of necessities including food, clothing, medical advice, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, companionship and camaraderie. St. Jude's will be joined by James A. Haley Veterans Hospital along with several local social service agencies and elected officials. The Stand Down will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a cookout is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers ask that anyone who knows a homeless veteran in need of services to spread the word. For more information, call (813) 951-2288 or visit stjudesveteranscenter.org.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Mayor, wife file arrest complaints
Mayor Scott McPherson and his wife, Kimberly, filed complaints with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Wednesday alleging Mrs. McPherson was assaulted and a deputy falsified arrest reports. McPherson, who deputies said threatened to use his political power to end their careers, has railed against the official record, saying Deputy Michael Shoup lied about how many witnesses he interviewed, what McPherson said and what Mrs. McPherson did to deserve a charge of domestic battery. Deputies reported that Mrs. McPherson slapped her husband during a dispute outside Grille 54 in Trinity shortly after midnight Sunday. McPherson also alleged in calls to emergency dispatchers after the incident that a deputy sexually assaulted his wife, though he would not say whether that charge was included in his complaint.
Clerk accused of stealing from store
A retail clerk at the Gulf View Square's Dillard's was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing more than $2,000 in gift certificates from the department store, authorities said. Sonnia Mogren, 53, was caught stealing the cards on surveillance videos, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Store managers told a deputy they later discovered the theft amounted to more than $2,000. Mogren, of 2623 Timacqua Drive in Holiday, was charged with retail theft over $300. She was in the Land O'Lakes jail on Wednesday on $2,000 bail.
Man charged in rape of girl, 14
An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with raping a 14-year-old girl. Kevin Wynn, of 6011 Village Walk in Zephyrhills, is accused of holding the teenager down against a bed and sexually assaulting her while she protested and pushed him away, according to a Zephyrhills Police Department report. Eventually, the victim was able to push Wynn away and run into another bedroom, the report said. Wynn told police he had not known the girl was 14 until after the incident, according to the report. He is being held at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.
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