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Man charged with trying to kill in October brawl

A 47-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on attempted murder charges stemming from a fight in early October at T-Backs lounge on State Road 54.

Larry "Turtle" Wendhausen, of Scarsdale Drive in New Port Richey, is accused of stabbing Christopher Ross, of Ranchwood Loop, causing a 17-inch wound that took 100 stitches to close, according to reports.

A witness said she saw Wendhausen use a broken beer bottle, and several witnesses said they knew the attacker only as "Turtle."

Detectives found that Wendhausen used the nickname. They included his picture in a photo lineup.

Ross and witnesses identified Wendhausen from the photo pack, according to reports. Wendhausen was being held Thursday without bail in Pasco County Jail in Land O'Lakes.

Woman says God told

her to set fire, police say

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A woman said God told her to set fire to her estranged husband's mobile home on Wednesday afternoon, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

When Martha Kay Piercey, 35, of Olsen Street in New Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday evening on arson charges, she also said she wanted to build a house on the property, authorities said.

Piercey rode her bicycle to the home on Deer Lake Drive and reached through a broken glass door to torch a curtain with a lighter, the reports stated. The empty home sustained about $2,000 in damage. Piercey's husband, Jim Piercey, told authorities his wife told him she had torched the home. She was being held Thursday at Pasco County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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