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Disgruntled father accused of trying to pick fight with Land O'Lakes principal


Deputies: Dad tried to goad principal to fight

A father who came to Land O'Lakes High School to discuss his son's suspension became angry and "bowed up" to the principal, authorities said.

Robert J. Smith, 43, is accused of yelling at the principal and wanting to fight Tuesday when the principal refused to reduce Smith's son's punishment. An assistant principal got in between them to stop the potential scuffle, while office staffers hid in a safe room, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Smith was taken into custody before any punches were thrown, the report says.

Smith was charged with disorderly conduct. He was released from jail Tuesday on $150 bail. It is unknown where he lives, as he refused to give that information to authorities.


Man charged after senior struck in head

A 52-year-old man is accused of clobbering a 70-year-old man in the head with a hammer Tuesday morning.

The incident happened about 11:45 a.m. at 7313 Oak Crest Drive, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, which said Steven W. Bury thought the older man sitting at the kitchen table was trying to kill him, so Bury hit him with the hammer.

The victim told authorities Bury tried to hit him again, but he was able to escape the house. The victim, whose identity was not released, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with a large cut on his head.

Bury, an unemployed painter from Homosassa, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on a person age 65 or older. He remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.


Man held, accused of attacking his charge

A 33-year-old man is accused of punching a juvenile twice in the face, attempting to choke him, lifting him by his throat and throwing him into a refrigerator.

Michael S. Kelly of Holiday told authorities he is an alcoholic and doesn't remember such an attack at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The victim's age was not released. A report describes him as a juvenile under Kelly's care and says he had bruises on his neck and complained of a headache.

Kelly is charged with child abuse and remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Dumpster diver lands charge after spat

The Sweetbay Supermarket manager saw a van parked near the store's Dumpster on Tuesday evening and heard noises coming from inside.

He grabbed a mop and thumped the bin. A woman popped up from inside the trash and said, "What do you want?"

The manager recognized the woman: This was at least the fourth time he's caught her in the trash outside the store at 3406 U.S. 19.

He told her to drop the food and leave.

"You can't tell me what to do," she said, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The manager grabbed a bottle of old eggnog from her arms and she pushed him, police said, then before leaving, she spat at him twice.

Authorities identified the woman as Grazyna H. Latocha, 58, of 5849 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey.

She told authorities she needs the food to feed her dogs, and now that she is banned from the Sweetbay Dumpster, her dogs will go hungry.

"Of course I spit on him," she told the deputies, according to the report. "He touched my hand and took my food."

Grazyna is charged with battery and was released Wednesday from the Land O'Lakes jail on $150 bail.


Man accused of threatening wife

Authorities say a man awoke his sleeping wife Sunday by stabbing a steak knife into the arm of her easy chair and declaring: "One of us is not going to live through the night."

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Stacey F. Wisenor then tried to choke his wife and punched her face at their home at 30537 Midtown Court. The woman escaped with minor injuries, a report states.

She told authorities Wisenor put prescription pills in a glass and poured vodka over them, saying he was going to kill himself. He was hospitalized under the Baker Act, the report says.

Wisenor, a 43-year-old dispatcher for New Line Transport in Gibsonton, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault and battery by strangulation. He remained Wednesday at the county jail in lieu of $8,500 bail.

Disgruntled father accused of trying to pick fight with Land O'Lakes principal 10/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:22pm]
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