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Man accused of impersonating U.S. marshal


Man accused of impersonating U.S. marshal

A 43-year-old local man was arrested Friday on charges of impersonating a U.S. marshal using a badge he purchased at Wal-Mart, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report. Francis Birchler, of 8421 Cameo Drive, handcuffed a man outside a recycling facility in Spring Hill on July 25 and pointed a handgun at him. Birchler, who has burglary and theft arrests dating to 1984, questioned the man about a domestic dispute, the victim told sheriff's deputies. After the victim questioned his identity, Birchler let the man go and left the scene, the report said. When deputies arrested him Friday, Birchler admitted to using handcuffs but denied pointing a gun at the victim. Birchler was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and false impersonation of a law enforcement officer. He is being held in Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.


School supply drive kicks off Monday

The Salvation Army West Pasco will run a Back to School Drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Monday and Aug. 14. School supplies for children in pre-K through 12th grade may be dropped off at two locations: the Salvation Army Corps and Community Center, 7745 Ridge Road, and the Center of Hope, 8040 Washington St. Items needed include: back packs, student planners, pens, pencils, loose leaf paper, scissors, rulers, index cards, boxes of tissues, spiral notebooks, regular and scientific calculators, highlighters, crayons, pocket folders, washable markers, glue sticks, liquid soap, paper towels and baby wipes. For information, call Jeanne Coulter at (727) 847-6321.

Pasco deaths

Elkins, David

Kiefner, Frederick G.

Lanzilotta, Catherine

Olney, Wayne Carlisle

Touchton, William J.

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