NEW PORT RICHEY
Inmate who hanged himself is identified
Authorities have identified the inmate who hanged himself early Thursday at the New Port Richey jail as Jeremy Edward Lunn, 31, of Tarpon Springs. A detention deputy found Lunn hanging from a bedsheet tied to a ceiling fire alarm about 4:45 a.m. "He had received a 'Dear John' letter either that day or the day before, which may or may not have been a factor in his decision," sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. Lunn, who had the cell to himself, managed to kill himself during the 15 minutes between the deputy's routine checks on the inmates, Doll said. The incident is being investigated, Doll said, but "there was no indication he was suicidal." Lunn, who was a registered sex offender convicted in 1996 of sexually assaulting a child under 16, was in jail facing numerous charges, including escaping from the scene of a DUI with property damage, fraudulent use of a credit card and burglary. He was also a fugitive from his home state of Ohio, where he was wanted for a parole violation, according to jail records.
Burglary evidence leads to arrest
A thief tore off a screen and tried to pry open a window at a home on Lake Joyce Drive in Land O'Lakes Thursday afternoon. Unsuccessful, the person gave up — but left a slew of evidence at the scene: A belt, a bottle of liquor and two prescription receipts — for Oxycodone and Endocet — with the name of the suspect on them: Charles P. Venator, 26, who lives a mile from the attempted break-in. Venator was arrested on charges of burglary and criminal mischief. He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $11,800 bail.
School to celebrate 125th anniversary
Alumni and friends are welcome to come back to school as St. Anthony Interparochial Catholic School, the oldest school in Pasco County commemorates it's 125th anniversary on Wednesday. The school, located at 32832 Massachusetts Ave. in San Antonio, will host a morning assembly and service followed by a reception with special presentation in the Parish Center. For information call (352) 588-3041.