Woman accused of sword attack on boyfriend
A 37-year-old woman was charged with aggravated domestic battery after authorities say she punched her live-in boyfriend in the face seven times with her fist and cut him with a silver 12-inch ninja sword. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Dana Gordon got into an argument with William Allen, 39, after he got off the phone with his ex-wife, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Gordon began yelling at Allen, the report says, and Allen slapped Gordon. Gordon slapped Allen back, and then grabbed the sheath-covered sword, the report says. She hit him with the sword until the sheath came off, then held the blade to Allen. Gordon cut Allen on the side of his abdomen and on his leg, the report says, causing minor injury. Allen got the sword away from Gordon and called 911. At some point, Gordon also punched Allen in the face, the report said. Gordon, of 21336 Aaron Court, is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
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Sept. 11 memorial service planned
A memorial service to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Sims Park. Local clergy will participate in the service, which will feature patriotic music by the Richey Concert Band and choral groups from local schools. The committee planning the memorial asks that individuals participate in Operation Shoebox, which was founded in 2003 to support troops deployed overseas. Donations, including hard candy, canned food, toiletries, small board games and crossword puzzles, can be donated at the memorial service. A mobile blood bank will set up at Sims Park for those who wish to donate.
Rally will back single-payer option
NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will host a health rally at 11 a.m. today at the entrance to Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Also participating in the rally will be members of a health advocacy group from east Pasco County. The group is promoting a single-payer option for health care.
Crews on Friday quietly opened the first leg of the State Road 56 extension, allowing drivers to turn onto Mansfield Boulevard in the Meadow Pointe community. Story, Page 3.
The name of Wasyl Petruk, the lost brother being sought by Mary Ann Wilson, was misspelled in a story Sunday. The story also gave an incorrect last name for Mary Ann's husband, George Wilson.