Plumber accused of pretending to be officer
What do you need to impersonate a law enforcement officer? Apparently, just a felt-tipped pen and a gold, star-shaped badge. Jason Pisani, 36, a Port Richey plumber, was arrested Wednesday, accused of lying to a boy about his "police duties," according to an arrest report. Pisani wore boots, a shoulder holster containing a baton and a pellet gun, and a black shirt with "Sheriff's Office" written across the front. The shirt was actually from a Sheriff's Office charity bike ride, but Pisani is accused of using a felt-tipped pen to black out the information about the race. He also wore pants similar to a law enforcement officer's and a gold star badge. Pisani was charged with impersonating an officer and carrying a concealed weapon. Deputies said they found brass knuckles in his pocket. He was at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $1,150 bail.
Man accused of stalking cashier
A 36-year-old man with a "Publix Pride" tattoo was arrested Wednesday, accused of stalking an 18-year-old cashier at the grocery chain. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Bryant Lee Gramer of Land O'Lakes entered a store Wednesday, stood by the woman's register and stared at her. Earlier in the year, he had followed her home from work, deputies said. Gramer, a sex offender, was arrested at his place of work, the Publix near the intersection of Gunn Highway and Anderson Road in Tampa. Gramer was at the Land O'Lakes jail. Bail information was not available Thursday.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Fundraiser to help buy dog for girl
John Petersen helps disabled veterans gather information they need from the government. Now those veterans are geared up to help him. Chapter 78 of the Disabled American Veterans is planning a bingo fundraiser to raise money to buy a service dog for Petersen's 7-year-old daughter, Jennifer, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The public is invited to the event, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. April 11 at the DAV hall at 6711 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. For more information, call (727) 845-3886.
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