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Pioneer Florida Days just around the corner in Dade City

DADE CITY

Pioneer Florida Days A living history trip

Labor Day is around the corner, which means it's almost time for the annual Pioneer Florida Days Festival hosted by the Pioneer Florida Museum. The two-day event features a Civil War re-enactment, a mock court-martial, an 1860s fashion show, living history exhibits and traditional craft demonstrations, as well as various crafts, plants and "trash and treasures" items for sale. The festivities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road (off U.S. 301, a mile north of downtown). Admission is $8 adults, $4 ages 10 to 17, $2 ages 5 to 9 and free to children younger than 5. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Woman accuses man of sex attack

Deputies have arrested a New Port Richey man accused of attacking a woman in a heavily wooded area of the River Ridge subdivision. The woman accused Robert Edward Warnken Jr., 38, of approaching her from behind and placing his hand over her mouth about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 11000 block of Bentwood Court, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies said Warnken then pulled down the woman's bikini bottoms and groped her. Warnken warned the woman that he would hurt her if she screamed, the arrest report said. Warnken, whose address is listed as the scene of the crime, was arrested and charged with a count of sexual battery. He was released from Pasco County jail later in the day on $10,000 bail. The woman's identity was withheld because of the nature of the case.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Sitter hit boy, 1, in face, deputies say

Pasco deputies have arrested a Wesley Chapel man, accusing him of twice slapping a year-old boy in the mouth. David Lowrey, 44, of 6517 Mangrove Drive faces a felony charge of child abuse. He was arrested Saturday and was being held in the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $5,000 bail. An arrest report said Lowrey was babysitting two children for a friend, when he became angry at the boy because he was "too loud." The boy's 8-year-old sister told deputies that Lowrey struck the boy with the back of his hand, told the child to stop yelling and hit him again when the boy made another noise. Deputies said the boy was bleeding from the mouth. Lowrey at first denied striking the child but later said he might have accidentally hit the boy in the mouth while slapping him on the hand, the report said. Lowrey told deputies he only struck the boy once.

Crime report

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Pasco deaths

Dewland, Gloria M.

Grummet, Destiny Rose

Hamilton, Maureen

Jacobs, Johanna R.

Korycinski, Ignatius W.

Kotter, Bryan Z.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Pioneer Florida Days just around the corner in Dade City 08/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 12:52pm]

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