Phone camera records road rage attack
As a spat between drivers turned into road rage, Shaun Frederick Troupe, 30, reached for his cell phone — not to call police but to record the altercation. The footage he captured landed Charles Lein, 68, in jail. The scuffle began about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, after Lein swerved at Troupe on Box Elder Drive near Rose Petal Court, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Lein stopped his car and honked at Troupe, who stopped and asked what Lein was honking at. As the two began arguing, Troupe hit the record button on his cell phone camera. Then, according to reports, Lein got out of his car and pointed a small silver handgun at Troupe, then punched Troupe several times through the window of his truck. After Troupe got out of his truck, Lein struck him with the gun, leaving a scratch on Troupe's neck, the report said. Deputies arrived to find Lein standing by his car, still holding his gun. They later viewed the cell phone footage, which showed Lein pointing the gun and striking Troupe with it, the report said. Lein, of 7233 Lake Magnolia Drive in New Port Richey, was charged with armed burglary and battery. He was released from jail Monday after posting $50,150 bail.
Man accused of kicking boy, 12
A 42-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after being accused of roughing up a 12-year-old boy. According to the report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Gary W. Peterson pulled the boy out of a vehicle about 11 a.m. Sunday, causing him to fall on the ground. Then, the report says, Peterson kicked the boy in the upper abdomen. Authorities withheld the boy's identity and relationship to Peterson. Peterson, of 15627 Stable Run Drive, was charged with child abuse, and was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes Jail.
Tight money cuts art center hours
The Pasco Arts Council has shortened the hours of operation for the art center at 5744 Moog Road. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. "Reduced public accessibility is one of several regrettable but necessary cost-saving measures undertaken to cope with cutbacks in local arts funding" by the state, corporations and individuals, said Ann Larsen, executive director. Exhibitions will remain open to free public viewing.
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Auditions coming up for 'Hello Dolly'
Richey Suncoast Theatre will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23 for the Tony Award winning musical Hello Dolly. There are parts for nine women and 13 men, ages 20 to 70, and for 20 people to play nonsinging townspeople and other parts. The play will run weekends May 14-31. Auditions will be at the theater, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 842-6777.
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