Editor's note: A motion for dismissal of the charges against Michael Gelovich was granted in Pasco County Circuit Court in August 2013. An order to expunge records of the case was signed in February 2014.
ODESSA — It was supposed to be a family dinner on Labor Day afternoon. But before the meal was ready, deputies say, one man beat his 74-year-old father and went after his sister with a potato peeler.
What set him off, they said: spoiled chicken.
Michael Gelovich, 56, told deputies that he was making dinner when he and his father, Mario Gelovich, started arguing about Michael's estranged wife, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The younger Gelovich then opened the package of chicken his father had brought for dinner and realized it had gone bad.
Then, the father told deputies, the son "just went crazy."
Michael Gelovich hurled his father to the ground and punched him in the face, the report states. To stop him, the report says, his sister, June Stauss, 53, threw a water bottle at his face. He tackled her to the ground and punched and kicked her, the report says.
By the time Stauss got up, she told deputies, her brother was wielding a potato peeler. He said he would kill her, the report says. A cousin stepped in and the rest of the family left the house, leaving Gelovich inside, the report says.
Deputies arrived to find the elder Gelovich with a quarter-sized scratch over his left eye, bleeding from his right cheek and limping. Stauss had scratches on her elbows and knees. Michael Gelovich told them his father and sister were the aggressors. He said his father had punched him and that Stauss had joined in, so he fought back.
The rest of the family said otherwise.
Deputies arrested Gelovich at his house, 15112 Azra Drive, and took him to Land O'Lakes jail on charges of aggravated assault, domestic battery and battery on a person over 65. He remained in jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $2,500 bail.
The report says Gelovich's parents were visiting from Clermont while his mother underwent treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center.