NEW PORT RICHEY
Son is accused of beating up his mother
A 31-year-old man beat his mother so severely that he knocked out her teeth and sent her to the trauma unit at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where she was placed on a breathing tube, authorities said. Anthony Leimonitis was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated battery. After the beating late Thursday night, his 58-year-old mother stumbled out of the house they share on Tennessee Avenue in New Port Richey, her mouth bleeding, her face beaten, and told a witness that her son had hit her in the head, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. When deputies arrived, the woman was slipping into and out of consciousness, authorities said. She was in stable condition Friday evening. Leimonitis, before being taken to jail, was also treated at the hospital for a wound on his hand. "The cut is from her tooth," he said, according to the report. He was being held without bail at the Pasco jail.
Deputies identify man killed in fire
Pasco County sheriff's deputies have identified the man killed in a Wednesday morning apartment fire. Kevin Burke, 55, died in his apartment at 6715 Deeb St., just off Ridge Road, during a fire that broke out just after 9 a.m., deputies said. A neighbor was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation. Neighbors said Burke was mentally disabled and smoked heavily. The cause of Burke's death remains under investigation. No foul play is suspected.
Decor store having grand opening
Kirkland's, a home decor store that last month claimed the spot at Northwood shopping center formerly occupied by the Bombay Co., will have its grand opening this weekend, with refreshments, various giveaways and free consultations with interior designer Sylvia Rosado-Delay of Lutz from 1 to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Automotive repair classes offered
Two automotive repair classes will be offered this month at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. Learn about oil changes and proper car maintenance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and braking systems performance and replacement from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Cost is $8 per class. For more information, call (813) 929-1220.
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