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Jealous boyfriend smashed truck windows, Pasco deputies say

Deputies: Jealous man smashed windows

HUDSON — A guy met a girl in a bar Wednesday and just before midnight she asked him for a ride home. He said yes and drove her to her house on Bermondsey Street. He walked her to the house, opened the door — and was greeted by the woman's boyfriend, David Junior Hamilton, authorities said.

Hamilton was not happy. He was also armed with a pole, which he chased the victim with and used to smash two windows in the victim's pickup truck, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The victim was cut by flying glass as he fled. The girlfriend, 33, was not injured.

Hamilton, 41, admitted to the crime and said he did it because his girlfriend appeared drunk and he was "enraged," the report said. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hamilton remained Friday in the Pasco jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Roofer accused of molesting teenager

MOON LAKE — A 46-year-old roofer is accused of taking a special-needs teenager into a shed and sexually assaulting her.

Johnny L. Horton was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual battery. Authorities say the incident happened at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a shed in the back yard of Horton's home on Estelle Street in Moon Lake Estates. The relationship between Horton and the 15-year-old girl was not disclosed due to the nature of the allegation.

The girl's parents came to the residence looking for her and heard sounds coming from the shed, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Horton left the shed wearing only shorts and quickly closed the door, authorities said. The parents demanded to search the shed and found their daughter.

Horton is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Man, 27, faces child neglect, drug charges

HUDSON — At 3 a.m. Thursday, a sheriff's deputy found three young children playing in a motel parking lot dangerously close to U.S. 19. The kids — ages 1, 2 and 4 — were "extremely dirty" and covered in pen markings, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The toddlers' diapers were "full of feces and almost sagging to the ground," the report states.

The children's caretaker, Jeremiah L. Grant, 27, was found passed out from prescription narcotics in his room at the Suncoast Motel, 14920 U.S. 19, the report said. The hotel is listed as Grant's home address.

His relationship to the children was not disclosed by authorities.

Grant was arrested and charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He remained Friday in the Pasco jail in lieu of $7,150 bail.

Neighbor charged with burglary

HOLIDAY — At first, on Wednesday, she helped herself to some craft supplies. And a knife. A purse. One hundred CDs.

The window curtains.

Shellie Leonard wanted more, authorities said, and on Thursday she went back to her neighbor's house on Dalwood Drive with plans to steal a computer and electronics. Her neighbor had been away but came home Thursday — and caught Leonard stealing, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Leonard, 43, of 4004 Darlington Road in Holiday, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary. She remained Friday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,500 bail.

This article has been revised to reflect the following corrections:

• Johnny L. Horton was arrested the day after a sexual battery that allegedly took place Wednesday, Jan. 25. Due to incorrect information provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the original version of this report gave the wrong dates for the incident and arrest.

• Shellie Leonard was arrested on charges she burglarized her neighbor's house. Due to incorrect information provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the original version of this article gave the wrong reason for why the victim was not at home.

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