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Dade City man indicted on first-degree murder charge


First-degree murder charge handed up

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Dade City man already in jail and charged with the June 12 murder of a Lacoochee man.

Anthony James Harris, 24, of 37508 Oakview Circle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cleo Stinyard, 48.

Stinyard was found inside his single-wide mobile home at 7844 Laura Lane in Lacoochee after he was shot multiple times in what authorities say was a drug robbery.

Harris, who was arrested June 17, is being held without bail.


Lawn dispute leads to one-year prison term

A 63-year-old man accused of attacking his neighbor last year in a dispute over lawn plants is going to prison for a year.

Peter Petraglia of 13706 Muffin Court in Hudson told authorities he got into an argument on Sept. 10, 2008, with then-46-year-old Joseph DeSousa over some bushes Petraglia planted that he wanted DeSousa to water.

Later that same day, the men argued again and, authorities said, Petraglia attacked DeSousa — shooting at him with a .38-caliber handgun and then chasing him with a machete.

DeSousa was not injured.

Petraglia, who was originally charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of discharging a firearm in public, pleaded guilty June 18 to a lesser charge of attempted murder without a firearm. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, followed by 15 years of probation.


Sexual abuse means prison for ex-pastor

The former pastor of a Brandon church has pleaded no contest to charges he sexually abused a 12-year-old Pasco girl in 2005.

Daniel Gomez, 39, of Tampa, was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was pastor of Center of Unction Church of the Nazarene until late 2007, when Hillsborough authorities also charged him with three counts of molesting a 12-year-old girl. Last summer, Pasco authorities charged him with lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16.

According to Pasco authorities, Gomez went to the girl's house in April 2005 while her parents were away, kissed and fondled her, then exposed himself and removed the girl's pants with the intention of having sex.

Gomez was declared a sex offender by the court. The Hillsborough charges against him are still pending.

Dade City man indicted on first-degree murder charge 07/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 10:03pm]
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