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Zephyrhills man, gun in hand, refused to leave without beer, report says

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man pulls gun to get his beer, report says

About 2:30 p.m. Thursday, two men dragged Jeb Burch outside the house on Linda Drive after, a Pasco Sheriff's Office report says, they caught him trying to steal prescription medications from inside.

But Burch wasn't leaving without his beer, the report said.

In fact, he pulled a gun on the men and demanded it, the report says.

The men — Andrew Dubay, 56, and Danny Murray, 52 — said they ran away and that Burch left without his beer.

Dubay owns an auto shop and once employed Burch, but told deputies he had fired him. Still, when Burch called Thursday asking if he could come over and drink with him, Dubay said okay.

Burch was arrested at his home in Zephyrhills.

A gun was recovered, the report said, but Burch said he didn't threaten the men.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was held in the Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

HOLIDAY

Woman is accused of exploiting grandfather

A woman who knew her 89-year-old grandfather was forgetful and easily confused stole his identity and charged nearly $3,000 on a credit card opened in his name, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Wendy Cossette, 37, of Holiday, was arrested Thursday and was charged with exploitation of the elderly and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Her arrest report said she cared for her grandfather and cleaned his house in Holiday once a week.

The report said that after the grandfather died, his son discovered the fraud.

Authorities say Cossette opened two other cards in her grandfather's name — she told detectives she had his permission to do so.

Her bail was set at $10,000.

Zephyrhills man, gun in hand, refused to leave without beer, report says 04/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 24, 2009 8:20pm]

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