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Man accused of attack on Zephyrhills couple

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man accused of attack on senior couple

More charges have piled up against Charles Orange, 38, who was accused this week of pushing a 67-year-old Zephyrhills woman before running off with her purse. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Orange forced his way into another Zephyrhills couple's house last week and knocked a 79-year-old man to the ground before stealing his wallet. Orange also is accused of pushing a 90-year-old woman as she attempted to defend the man. Orange is at the Land O'Lakes jail on a $230,300 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Former police chief seeks to be deputy

Former Zephyrhills Police Chief Russell Barnes has applied to be a Pasco County deputy. Barnes, 56, resigned from Zephyrhills under pressure in August after an internal investigation showed he falsified department records. The city manager was set to recommend his firing for creating a "flex time" policy that allowed employees to receive time off instead of overtime pay for extra hours worked, a violation of city policy. Barnes became chief in 2003 and faced numerous controversies, including two breaches of city purchasing policies.

Correction

River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, in New Port Richey will host a Financial Aid Night at 6 p.m. today for all local students. Because of incorrect information provided to the Times, the wrong date was published in Wednesday's Top of the Class.

Pasco deaths

Gant, Margaret

Hinds, Deborah Lynn

Jablonski, Edward F.

McGowin, David

Owsley, David

Pokorny, Yvonne "Vonnie"

Ray, Earl Charles

Sachs, Rita

Simpson, June Haliday

Spear, Coleen S.

Man accused of attack on Zephyrhills couple 01/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:50pm]
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