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Pasco man accused in beating and carjacking


Man accused of beating 67-year-old

A 67-year-old man was beaten and his car stolen about 5 p.m. Tuesday at Moon Lake Road and Chipley Street, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim told authorities he met with Michael Gilio, 28, because Gilio was looking for work. Gilio pummeled the man, leaving him with cuts on his arms and bruises on his face, a report says.

When the victim ran from the car, Gilio drove off, authorities said, later abandoning it at the Winn-Dixie parking lot at Moon Lake Road and State Road 52.

Gilio later told deputies he acted in self-defense.

Gilio, of 11402 Rohrman Road in Port Richey, was charged Tuesday night with carjacking, aggravated abuse of an elderly or disabled adult and possession of a controlled substance, some oxycodone pills deputies found on him, the report said.

He was held in the Pasco County Jail in lieu of $102,000 bail.


Woman accused of pilfering, punching

As her dinner host grilled food out back, Raina Macri helped herself to his stuff — bottles of booze, a knife, cologne, perfume, prescription pills and $57, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Her friend, a 40-year-old disabled veteran suffering from a brain injury, had invited Macri to his Manning Drive home Saturday night for dinner. When he confronted her about the missing items, Macri pushed him and punched him in the face before taking off, then bragged about what she did to her friends, a report says.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Macri, 21, of 8209 Golden Bear Loop in Port Richey, was arrested Tuesday and charged with grand theft and abuse of an elderly or disabled adult. She was held in the Pasco County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.


City manager turns down extra pay

Though council members suggested it, longtime City Manager Tom O'Neill said he won't need any extra pay to help his replacement when he leaves June 1.

Council members on Tuesday asked whether the city should consider a "consulting fee" payable to O'Neill for any training he offers to John Schneiger, a former deputy city manager in Eustis, during what will be a hectic budget year.

"It just seems so abrupt," Judy DeBella Thomas said to O'Neill. "The city is losing a huge brain trust with your exit."

O'Neill, a 35-year employee of the city, said he would be happy to help without a fee.

"I'm not planning on going anywhere," said O'Neill, who had to retire because of his enrollment in a state retirement program. "I was just going to go home. It's not very far."

Pasco man accused in beating and carjacking 05/12/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 10:23pm]
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