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Zephyrhills man charged with abusing 10-year-old

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man charged with abusing 10-year-old

A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday on accusations he sexually abused a 10-year-old girl.

Authorities say Mark A. Walls molested the girl in November with his hands and a bathroom plunger in Zephyrhills. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office withheld the identity of the girl and her relationship to Walls because of the nature of the allegations.

Walls, who lives in Zephyrhills, is charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Walls lists his employment as "paper delivery" but the business number given is disconnected. Records show he does not work for the St. Petersburg Times. Employment records for the Tampa Tribune were not available Friday.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Iodine theft leads to meth charges

A man and woman picked up for shoplifting at a Walgreens turned out to be driving a stolen car and manufacturing methamphetamine in their home, according to a report from the Zephyrhills Police Department.

Travis L. Daughtery, 34, and Teresa M. Brown, 28, are accused of stealing seven bottles of iodine, an ingredient used in making methamphetamine, from a Walgreens on Gall Boulevard, police said.

The report says Daughtery admitted to stealing the iodine and the car — and that Brown told officers she and Daughtery made meth at a house at 33120 Bonds Lane in Zephyrhills.

Daughtery and Brown are being held on several drug and theft charges at the Land O'Lakes jail. Daughtery's bail is set at $42,150. Brown's bail is $30,450.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Girl, 6, shown porn, molested, report says

A 69-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges he sexually molested and exposed himself to a 6-year-old girl and made her watch pornographic movies, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Ross J. Vuono, who is retired and lives in New Port Richey, is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and is being held at the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The incident is said to have happened in New Port Richey in November, a report states. The Sheriff's Office withheld the girl's name and her relationship to Vuono because of the nature of the allegations.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pastor says pregnant woman stole checks

The pastor saw a pregnant woman down on her luck and wanted to help. So he let the woman and her male friend take shelter in his church's bookstore.

The pastor of Good News Christian Fellowship in New Port Richey left for a trip to Orlando on March 6, and when he returned the next day, he found the woman gone — along with several of the church's checks, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say the woman, Louisa Chonita Abeyta, 28, forged checks and received more than $500 before the pastor got a call from the bank and canceled the account.

Abeyta is charged with scheme to defraud and grand theft. She is being held in the county jail in lieu of $7,000 bail.

The Sheriff's Office did not release the name of the man who stayed with the woman. He has not been arrested.

Zephyrhills man charged with abusing 10-year-old 03/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2009 8:38pm]
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