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Husband accused of hitting pregnant wife in Land O'Lakes


Husband accused of hitting pregnant wife

In the heat of an argument, Kenneth J. Burns' seven-months' pregnant wife took his cell phone. Deputies say the Land O'Lakes construction worker pushed her inside a car and climbed over her trying to recover his phone.

Holding her by the wrist, Burns, 23, told her he would punch her if she didn't give him back his phone, deputies say. She dropped it, and he tried to hit her in the face.

According to the report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, she blocked the blow with her arms and pushed him away by his face.

With his phone in hand, Burns pulled her from the car by her shirt, then took the driver's seat and sped away, the report said.

He was arrested Sunday on Land O'Lakes Boulevard on a charge of aggravated battery, and remained Monday at the Land O'Lakes jail, where he is being held without bail.


Man charged in molestation of boy, 10

A 20-year-old man was arrested early Monday on charges he molested a 10-year-old boy, whose mother told deputies she witnessed the abuse.

Phillip Evans Jr. of 13215 Center St. in Dade City entered a Dade City apartment, where the boy was sitting on the bed watching TV, according to the report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Evans got on the bed and pulled the boy's shorts down, then pulled his own pants down. He was touching the boy and himself sexually, the report said, until the boy's mother walked in.

Evans was arrested on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation and is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.


Deputy says man threatened to shoot

A deputy who responded to a domestic disturbance early Monday ended up arresting a man on charges of assaulting and resisting an officer.

Linda McClellan of 4721 Jacqueline Drive told the deputy that her live-in boyfriend of four years, Michael Esposito, was throwing things at her and yelling that he was going to slit her throat and defecate on her torso. She was not injured.

The deputy found Esposito, 53, sitting in a recliner watching TV and screaming profanity, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Esposito made a quick motion with his partially hidden right hand, the report said.

Amid a string of expletives, the report said, Esposito yelled, "Shoot me, or I will shoot you!"

The deputy told him to reveal his hand, the report said, and Esposito replied: "I am not showing you anything. Get out of my house, you have no right to be here."

The officer drew his gun as Esposito repeated his threats to shoot him, but Esposito was unarmed. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $300 bail.

Husband accused of hitting pregnant wife in Land O'Lakes 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 22, 2009 9:15pm]
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