NEW PORT RICHEY
Clinic worker is accused of stealing money
A billing specialist at Rivers Edge Pediatrics was arrested Monday, accused of stealing $157,031.87 from the clinic using forged checks. Catherine Ann Yount, 52, told detectives she had forged 99 checks from the clinic and put the money into her personal banking accounts, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. An investigation into possible fraud at the clinic at 6325 River Road began in March, and police detectives identified Yount as a suspect after reviewing documents and conducting interviews. Yount, of 18607 Oak Way Drive, in Hudson was charged with a felony count of scheming to defraud. Additional charges may be forthcoming, police said, as the investigation continues.
Passenger killed, driver hurt in crash
One man was killed and another seriously injured early Monday after a pickup truck they were in veered off the road and hit a tree. The Florida Highway Patrol says the 1996 Chevrolet pickup was going south on Roselawn Drive about 2 a.m. when it hit a mailbox on the east side of the road, then swerved and crashed into a tree on the west side of the road. The passenger, Robert Wilson, 37, of Holiday, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Brandon Brunotte, 26, also of Holiday, fled but was tracked down by a police dog and taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. Neither man had been wearing a seat belt. Authorities are investigating to see whether alcohol was involved.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Man arrested after fight over chicken
A fight over a half-baked chicken ended Sunday night with a 27-year-old man in jail. According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Christopher Taylor's chicken was still cooking in the oven when his girlfriend's father, Thomas Ebersberger, turned off the timer. Taylor got upset and struck Ebersberger in the face and ribs several times, the report said. After knocking Ebersberger, 58, to the floor, Taylor stood over him and told him to stay down, the report said. Then Ebersberger got up and tried to swing at Taylor, and Taylor hit him again, the report said. Both men and Taylor's girlfriend live in the house at 9944 Gilbert St. Taylor was arrested on a charge of domestic battery and was being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.