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Sheriff: Man bashes teen's head into truck


Sheriff: Man bashes teen's head into truck

A 34-year-old felon bashed a teenage girl on the head with a large plank of wood and then picked the girl up, lifted her upside down and began "pile driving" the 15-year-old's head onto the back tailgate section of a pickup, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Stanley Joe Kratschman was arrested Friday. The incident happened Oct. 14 at a house on Barrett Street in Moon Lake Estates. The girl suffered head, face and neck injuries. Her updated condition was not known Saturday — as well as why there was an eight-month gap between the incident and the arrest.

Kratschman, of 12410 Parkwood Street in Hudson, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He's previously served four stints in prison — totalling more than four years — for grand theft, armed burglary, resisting with violence and battery on an officer. He was released from the Pasco County jail Friday on $10,000 bail.

The report says Kratschman admitted to slamming the girl's head into the truck and hitting her with an aluminum gutter — but he was only "play fighting."


Uncle charged with child abuse of nieces

An uncle who reprimanded his nieces by hitting them with a belt was arrested Friday on child abuse charges, authorities said.

Romero Orlin, 35, of 27826 Robin Roost Lane in Wesley Chapel, spanked one girl with a belt because she continued to see a boy after he told her she was too young and he spanked the other for not telling him about her sister's deception. The girls — whose ages are not known — had welts from the spankings, which were done over their clothes, a report states.

Orlin, who is listed as the caregiver for the girls, told deputies he was "trying to discipline the children." The report does not say when the incident happened. Orlin is charged with two counts of child abuse. As of Saturday, he was being held at the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Man tries to push son out of moving truck

A 54-year-old father tried to kick and shove his son out of their moving pickup as he sped into a rest stop along Interstate 75 a mile south of County Road 54 about 10 p.m. Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Michael Hollis, a 33-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper, was at the rest stop and saw the truck barreling toward him and other citizens, a report states.

"Stop!" the 27-year-old son shouted as he was hanging out of the truck, the report says. "Help!"

Hollis pointed his gun at the truck to get it to stop. The report says the driver — Maynard Joseph Gardner, of Tavares — got out and began cursing at Hollis.

When Hollis tried to handcuff him, Gardner kicked and punched him and tried to attack another trooper who arrived on the scene, the report states. Hollis used his Taser three times on Gardner to subdue him.

The son was taken to a hospital "for being lethargic and not knowing where he was at." Hollis suffered a leg injury from being kicked. Gardner was arrested and charged with domestic battery and battery on a law enforcement officer. He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $52,500 bail.

Sheriff: Man bashes teen's head into truck 06/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 5, 2010 3:03pm]
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