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.
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.
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.