NEW PORT RICHEY
Man accused of threats in drug deal
A woman called the Pasco County Sheriff's Office after her drug dealer sent her text messages demanding the money she owed him, authorities said. The drug dealer, a seller of cocaine and pills, said she owed $3,000. The woman said it was $2,800.
The messages weren't threatening, so on Jan. 14, a deputy told Jillian Pannone, 27, there wasn't anything to do, authorities said.
But then on Jan. 17, the women Pannone lives with on 11th Avenue in New Port Richey came home to find a note tacked to the door. It was from the drug dealer. He said he needed the $3,000 Pannone owed him "pronto" and if he didn't get it by the next day, he said everyone who lived at the house would pay.
"I will make all your lives a living hell," the note said. "And I hope you peeps are smart cause I am."
Stephan D. Fullman, the man accused of making the threats, was arrested Monday at the New Port Richey courthouse after he was convicted on unrelated drug charges, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. Fullman, 23, of New Port Richey, is charged with making extortion threats. Doll said detectives had been looking for him.
"A detective knew he had a court date and thought he'd show up for it. And he did," Doll said.
Fullman is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail. A report states Fullman admitted to leaving the note in an attempt to get his money.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Sex offender accused of exposing himself
A 69-year-old sex offender is accused of fondling himself while he watched children from his apartment window.
James Charles Sorensen, of 5743 Tennessee Ave. in New Port Richey, was arrested Monday. He is charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and two counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition while in the presence of a child under the age of 16.
A 21-year-old neighbor called the authorities after she said she saw Sorensen nude and touching himself inside his apartment while watching a 9-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy through his open window.
The 9-year-old girl told investigators with the New Port Richey Police Department that Sorensen waved at her while he touched himself, a report states. Sorensen denied exposing and fondling himself in front of the children, authorities said.
Sorensen was convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child in Wisconsin in 1992, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.