Man accused of battering pregnant wife
A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday after Pasco Sheriff's deputies said he grabbed his pregnant wife by the neck during an argument. Andres Martinez allegedly grabbed the victim's arm and when she pulled away, he took hold of her neck and pushed her against the kitchen wall, according to a report. The woman told deputies she was not injured and refused medical care. Martinez was charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant person. He is at the Land O'Lakes jail. No information on his bail was available Monday afternoon.
Elementary school found vandalized
Pasco County Sheriff's deputies are investigating multiple acts of vandalism that occurred Thursday night or Friday morning at Quail Hollow Elementary School. Several of the school's doors had been tied shut with a garden hose, according to a report. A school employee found the hose, and a pair of men's underwear on one door, on Friday morning. Deputies who responded to the scene also reported that several lights near the school's exits were broken. There also was graffiti on a shed that holds physical education equipment and a hole in a chain link fence. Damage totaled about $270, the Sheriff's Office said.
New Port Richey
Police: Drunk man wanted more beer
One six pack just wasn't enough. Kenneth Stuck, 44, told the New Port Richey Police Department he was on his way to buy more beer Sunday night when they arrested him on disorderly intoxication charges, according to a report. Stuck, "who was extremely intoxicated," stepped into traffic on U.S. 19 near the Cross Bayou Boulevard intersection about 7 p.m., the report said. A southbound car had to swerve to avoid hitting Stuck, who tried to "punch" the vehicle as it passed. Stuck was still at the Land O'Lakes jail Monday afternoon on $150 bail.
River Ridge chief may go to Mitchell
Land O'Lakes High got Mitchell High's principal. Now Mitchell is poised to grab River Ridge High's leader. River Ridge principal Jim Michaels told his staff Monday that superintendent Heather Fiorentino had tapped him to run Mitchell, where he served three years as an assistant principal. The move would be effective on or about March 23, the day Ric Mellin leaves Mitchell to take over Land O'Lakes, so long as the School Board approves. "It was something the district felt was in the best interest of the district and all schools," said Michaels, River Ridge's principal for the past five years. "They asked me to go there. It kind of came as a surprise to me." That leaves River Ridge High looking for a top administrator. The position has not been advertised.
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