One-Legged man hit by car and punched in face
A 42-year-old man rammed his car into a one-legged man on a bicycle at a gas station Monday night, then got out and pummeled the bicyclist in the face, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The beating took place at 8 p.m. at a RaceTrac station at 7329 State Road 52 in Hudson. Mervin Ginder Jr., who was arrested in the attack, is the brother of the victim's girlfriend, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. The victim, who is in his 40s, left the scene and then tried to talk with Ginder later — and got punched in the face again, according to a report. The victim's medical condition was not known Tuesday. Doll said Ginder was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Ginder, who is from Fort McCoy, is charged with aggravated battery and felony battery. He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Yard worker accused of fraud
Within one month, authorities say, a man drained more than $6,000 from an elderly woman's bank account and cashed multiple checks for yard work he never performed. It is unclear how Paul F. Hillman obtained the woman's debit card information, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said, but the woman produced a bank statement showing $6,265.28 in purchases she never made at Walmart, Winn-Dixie, 7-Eleven and Publix. She told deputies she also wrote Hillman checks for yard work, then gave him new checks or cash when he claimed the original checks were lost. Hillman told deputies he swindled the woman to support his drug habit, the sheriff's report said. He was arrested Monday and charged with scheme to defraud, as well as unrelated charges of failing to appear in court for driving with a suspended or revoked license and violating his felony probation. Hillman, who lives at 15937 Jackie Lane in the Suncoast Highland community in Hudson, is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
Inmate accused of beating jail deputy
A 49-year-old inmate incarcerated for DUI beat a jail deputy on Monday morning, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Michele A. Esquivel, of 3522 Jackson Drive in the Aloha Gardens community of Holiday, was arrested March 8 and sentenced to serve 10 days in jail for driving under the influence. A report said Esquivel struck Deputy Theresa Rivera, 42, on the arms, legs and neck, but did not state what led to the fight. The deputy suffered minor injuries. Esquivel is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and remains in custody.
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