NEW PORT RICHEY
Love triangle erupts into bloody attack
One man stabbed another with a screwdriver after being spurned for a romantic rival, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Brian F. Downing, 50, showed up unannounced at the victim's home about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, and discovered him with another man, the report said.
The victim told Downing to leave, the report said, but Downing barged inside and pulled a small metal screwdriver out of his pocket. He threatened to kill the victim and scar his face, then began striking the victim, the report said.
Downing stabbed the victim on the left side of his neck and face three times, leaving blood spattered throughout the home, the report said. The victim's injuries were non-life-threatening.
Deputies talked to Downing later that morning at his own home. He told them he was at a restaurant when the attack happened. The report says deputies found traces of blood on his steering wheel and noticed a cut on his hand.
Downing, of 9207 Golf View Drive, was charged with attempted murder and armed burglary. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Friday without bond.
Violent spankings earn abuse charges
A 46-year-old man was arrested this week after spanking two children so hard they bled, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Keith Brian Dorsett, Sr., told deputies he spanked a 9-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy with a wooden lath "because they lied, disobeyed, were disrespectful, and were caught playing when they should have been doing their work," the sheriff's report said.
The children told deputies they were struck repeatedly, without clothing on. The boy also had a bruise on the side of his head, which he said was from Dorsett slapping him, causing his nose to bleed, the report said.
Investigators responded after receiving a call from the child abuse hotline. Due to the nature of the allegations, authorities did not disclose how Dorsett knew the children.
Dorsett, of 9136 Chantilly Lane, was charged with two counts of child abuse, and was released after posting $10,000 bail.