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911 call in Ridge Manor leads to battery charges

A man who authorities say attacked two sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call has been charged with two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Authorities said Charles Bryant Speicher, 41, of 5050 Flamingo Lane, Ridge Manor, dialed 911 about 10:54 p.m. Monday, then locked himself in his bedroom. Earlier in the evening, Speicher had been cited for parking in a space designated for the handicapped at a Circle K store, where deputies said he had a "strong odor" of alcohol on his breath. When deputies arrived at Speicher's house, he charged at them, shoving one deputy against a door, according to a sheriff's report. Speicher then pushed Cpl. "Bo" Amann against a dresser, causing him to fall on a nightstand. Amann, whose left knee and hip were bruised and swollen, has been temporarily removed from active duty. Speicher, who complained of chest pains, was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital and released. Neither Speicher nor the other deputy were injured.

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