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Zephyrhills man charged in beating of camper

CRYSTAL SPRINGS

Man charged in camper's severe beating

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrested a 24-year-old Zephyrhills laborer Monday who they believe severely beat a Crystal Springs camper in early December before torching the victim's tent. Orlando Vega-Rivera was charged with attempted murder and armed robbery. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on $300,000 bail. Deputies believe he and at least one other man attacked a 38-year-old male camper with a tire iron and a shotgun the morning of Dec. 4 at a camping site near Deems Road. According to an arrest report, Vega-Rivera hit the victim with the shotgun until the stock shattered. The victim suffered several broken fingers protecting himself and had to be treated for a fracture in his cheek bone, among other injuries. Deputies did not report any other arrests in the incident.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Wrong-way driver accused of DUI

A man driving the wrong way on U.S. 19 Monday night crashed head-on into two other vehicles before being stopped and arrested on drunken driving charges, authorities said. A Pasco sheriff's deputy was completing paperwork behind a building on U.S. 19 about 8 p.m. when he heard a crash, spokesman Kevin Doll said. The deputy went to investigate and noticed a car with a flat tire traveling south in the northbound lanes. As the deputy followed on the south side of the highway, the car, a two-door Honda, struck a curb and narrowly missed several vehicles. Then, near the intersection with Marine Parkway, it hit another car head-on, Doll said. The deputy parked his cruiser in front of the Honda and found the driver disoriented, Doll said. Paramedics arrived and checked both drivers, neither of whom was injured. Officers for New Port Richey, where the crash occurred, arrested 62-year-old Thomas Hubert Skelly. New Port Richey Capt. Jeff Harrington said Skelly had also hit another northbound car near Cross Bayou. Skelly, of 5318 Cedar Lane, was charged with DUI, two counts of DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage. He was being held without bail Tuesday.

Pasco deaths

Brandenstein, Marie Slade Pace

Flanagan, Ernest L.

Flannery, M. Lorraine

Guerrieri, Priscilla A.

Hall, Halina Kowalski

Lessard, Ernest John "EJ"

Lindberg, Marion Janet

McCullough, John Jr. "Jack"

Nelson, Robert

Norfleet, Frances Irene

Waldron, Judith Ann

Witty, Joseph J. "Joe"

Yarling, William F.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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Zephyrhills man charged in beating of camper 01/06/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 4:46pm]

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