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Pinellas man charged in Pasco home invasion, rape

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man charged in home invasion, sexual battery

Detectives on Tuesday brought charges against a man accused of breaking into a house, holding people at gunpoint and raping a woman. Mark Anthony Summers, 18, and another man who remains at large went to a home in New Port Richey about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. They forced their way inside by aiming a gun at a woman, reports say. Inside were at least two women and two children, the Sheriff's Office says. The suspects took money and jewelry. Reports say Summers raped one of the women twice. Summers, of 612 North Ave. in Tarpon Springs, was arrested on Sept. 1 in Pinellas County on a warrant for unrelated charges. He was in the Pinellas County Jail while detectives investigated the New Port Richey case. They took DNA samples from the rape victim and a DNA swab from Summers while he was in jail. The Sheriff's Office says the two matched. Summers was charged with two counts of felony sexual battery, three counts of false imprisonment and one count of home invasion robbery. He remains in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $450,000 bail.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Deputy mauled by dog leaves hospital

A Pasco County deputy who killed a pit bull that attacked him over the weekend has been released from the hospital. The dog attacked Deputy Brent Taber, 43, on Sunday as he stopped to check on a woman who appeared to be flagging him down. As the pit bull latched onto Taber's left arm, tearing the skin and muscle, the deputy pulled out his gun and shot the animal. Taber was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where doctors treated an infection in his arm before stitching the wounds closed. He went home Tuesday. An investigation showed that the dog's release was unintentional. The woman was cited for failing to contain the dog. The dog's remains were sent to a laboratory in Kissimmee for testing. Results are expected back next week. Taber, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for four years, told reporters he has not decided when he will return to work. "I still play it through my mind a lot," he said. "I dream about it when I sleep. But I'll be all right."

TARPON SPRINGS

Mass. club to hold picnic at park

The Massachusetts Club will hold a picnic at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Anderson Park, 39699 U.S. 19. Drive in through the main entrance and make the first right to Shelter 4. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided; attendees must bring their own place settings, beverages and a dish or dessert to share. Bingo follows lunch and a meeting. All current and former Massachusetts residents and their friends are welcome. For details, call (727) 862-8115 or visit www.suncoastmassachusettsclub.org.

Pinellas man charged in Pasco home invasion, rape 10/03/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 8:30pm]
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