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Husband arrested on domestic battery, kidnapping charges

SAN ANTONIO

Husband sought in pistol attack surrenders

A man who allegedly pistol-whipped his estranged wife and pushed her out of his moving vehicle has been arrested, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Patrick E. Zerance Jr., 31, hit Julie Zerance, 33, in the head with his handgun Monday after threatening to kill her, deputies said. The Zephyrhills woman was left on the road near a Flying J Truck Stop on State Road 52, near Interstate 75, before being flown to the hospital. Zerance later fled from Florida Highway Patrol troopers who attempted to pull over his white 2001 Ford Explorer, deputies said. He last stayed with his father in Lutz. Authorities asked for the public's help in finding Zerance, described as armed and dangerous. According to the Sheriff's Office, Zerance turned himself in to detectives in Dade City on Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with aggravated domestic battery and kidnapping. Zerance is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Tribute to Elton wins boat parade

Clearwater-Tarpon Springs RV Campground earned the grand prize of $2,500 at the annual Chasco Fiesta boat parade Saturday, slicing through 25 mph winds on the Pithlachascotee River with a tribute to "Elton John and Friends." The boat featured a live band singing Elton's top hits. In the for-profit category, winners (in order) were Meadow Lane Surgery Center, Braybrook Assisted Living Facility and Ker's Winghouse. Nonprofit winners were Rotary Club of Trinity, Port Hudson Fishing Club and Family Fishing & Safety. In the family/individual category, winners were Lakes, Bergs & Berryhills, the Hegenderfer Family and Cotee River Crew.

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