Pasco parks employee arrested in brawl at River Ridge High School

NEW PORT RICHEY — A brawl at a high school volleyball game has led to the arrest of a Pasco County parks department employee accused of twice battering a River Ridge school official.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said the fight, involving some 50 students, broke out about 9 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium as River Ridge was hosting Ridgewood in the match. About 10 deputies were involved in breaking up the brawl.

He said the cause of the fight is still under investigation.

Charles Butler, an employee at River Ridge, was trying to help break it up when he was struck by Joseph Dell Webb, a 41-year-old park operator, Doll said.

A few minutes later, as administrators outside were trying to get people to leave the campus, Doll said Webb struck Butler again, this time knocking him unconscious.

"He did it twice," Doll said.

The incident remains under investigation, and more charges could be filed. Doll said no one had injuries that required hospitalization.

Webb, of 7639 Marechal Ave. in Port Richey, is on the list of employees slated to lose their jobs next week due to budget constraints, though he has the option of applying for another job with the county.

He faces two counts of battery on a School Board employee, a felony. He remained in the county jail Thursday evening, with bail set at $10,000.

Pasco parks employee arrested in brawl at River Ridge High School 10/01/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 1, 2009 8:05pm]

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