Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hillsborough County firefighter accused of hitting man in the face with a beer

NEW PORT RICHEY

stabbing leads to two arrests, trip to hospital

An argument between people "engaging in illegal narcotics activity" ended with one man stabbed multiple times and another man charged with attempted murder, according to New Port Richey police. The attack happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, while Karen Kodritsch, 46, was driving two men in her Oldsmobile. The front seat passenger, Cory R. Craig, 30, got into an argument with the back seat passenger, Ernest A. Pagnozzi, a 28-year-old transient. Police said Craig pulled a knife and began stabbing Pagnozzi. The attack continued as Kodritsch stopped the car in the middle of the road at Jasmine and Bamboo lanes. Craig stabbed Pagnozzi several times in the upper body and hands as Pagnozzi tried to fend off the attack, officers said. Pagnozzi then escaped from the back seat and took refuge in a nearby house. He was eventually transported to Community Hospital in New Port Richey, then flown to Bayfront Medical Center, where his condition stabilized Thursday evening. His injuries are no longer considered life-threatening, police said. Craig, of New Port Richey, was charged with attempted murder. Kodritsch, the driver, also of New Port Richey, was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Both were booked at the Land O'Lakes jail.

LAND O'LAKES

Firefighter accused of assault with mug

A Hillsborough County firefighter was arrested this week on charges of hitting a 65-year-old man with a glass mug full of beer. The incident happened at the Lake Padgett Estates Clubhouse about 7:45 p.m. Monday, when Daniel Ficetola ordered a beer and stepped away from the bar. He returned to find Donald Elkington, 43, of Tampa, standing close to his chair, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Ficetola moved his chair away from Elkington, who then began arguing with him. Elkington grabbed Ficetola's glass and hit his face with it, then pushed Ficetola to the ground, authorities said. The incident was captured on the security cameras at the clubhouse. Ficetola suffered minor injuries to his face, and "major bruising" on his shoulder and back, the sheriff's report said. Elkington, who works for Hillsborough Fire Rescue, was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery on a person over 65. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $5,000 bail.

LAND O'LAKES

Sen. Fasano to talk about session

State Sen. Mike Fasano will discuss legislation passed in the recent session at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations meeting. Fasano, R-New Port Richey, will address bills affecting homeowners and neighborhood associations, as well as insurance reform and efforts to crack down on "pill mills." The group meets at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., 3 miles north of State Road 54. For information on the organization, contact membership director David Quinones at (813) 991-1505 or visit www.MyPACA.org.

Hillsborough County firefighter accused of hitting man in the face with a beer 06/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 9:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Data breach exposes 469 Social Security numbers

    Corporate

    Social Security numbers for up to 469 people were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson Jenn Meale said Monday.

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Monday that nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach in his office.
[Times file photo]

  2. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. Editorial: Preserve wild Florida before it's too late

    Editorials

    The last dairy farm in Hillsborough County has milked its final cow, the pastures sold to developers who will build 1,000 new homes. The remnants of the last commercial citrus grove in Pinellas County, where the Sunshine State's famed industry began in the 19th century, were sold last year to make room for 136 homes. …

    As dairy farms and citrus groves disappear, much more needs to be done to avoid paving over Florida’s wild spaces.
  4. Florida concealed weapons permit holders exposed in computer hack

    Blogs

    More than 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders in Florida may have had their names accidently made public because of a data breach at the The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  5. Editorial: Careless words unfit for a mayor

    Editorials

    Even his critics marvel at how well Bob Buckhorn has grown into the job since first being elected as Tampa's mayor in 2011. His grace in public and his knack for saying and doing the right things has reflected well on the city and bestowed civic pride in the mayor's office. That's why Buckhorn's cheap shot at the media …

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during a Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center last year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]