Man, 24, facing weapon, drug charges
Michael Valdez, 24, is accused of shooting a gun toward a mobile home at 15341 Marion Avenue early Thursday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Valdez and his girlfriend, Chelsea Holman, 19, told deputies they heard gunfire from the home and thought it was aimed at them. They said that's why Valdez started shooting, deputies said. Then Holman drove away.
A deputy watched Holman change lanes without signaling on Tait Avenue and because the car, a black Buick, matched the description of one used when shots were fired into a home about 6 a.m., the deputy pulled it over.
The deputy saw that Valdez, sitting in the passenger seat, had three yellow Xanax pills in his lap and later found a .22-caliber handgun under his seat, according to a report.
The deputy found three spent .22-caliber shells and seven .22-caliber rounds in the car, along with a bag of cocaine in the car's glove box, the report said.
After his arrest, Valdez told deputies he was holding the pills for Holman and holding cocaine for a friend. Valdez said he hid the gun under the seat when the car was pulled over and that he fired the gun, but that was because someone was shooting at him, the report said.
At the location of the shooting, several .22-caliber shells were found on the street that seemed to match the same shells found in the car, the report said.
Valdez was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.
Valdez was taken to Land O'Lakes jail and was still there Friday in lieu of a $22,000 bail.
New Port Richey
Man, 37, accused of stealing jewelry
A 37-year-old man was charged with burglary after being accused of stealing several pieces of jewelry from his neighbor in April, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Frank Marvin snuck into the house on Shell Stream Boulevard through a bathroom window, a report said. He took rings and other jewelry and left through a back door, the report said, adding that Marvin pawned some of the items.
After his arrest, Marvin told deputies he was a lookout and other people stole the jewelry, the report said. Marvin was in Land O'Lakes jail Friday on a $25,000 bond.