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Woman accused of throwing flower pot at father, 74

A woman accused of throwing a flower pot at her 74-year-old father Monday night was arrested and charged with battery on a person over 65 years old.

Pasco sheriff's deputies were called to Lori Sue Johnson's home on Baden Drive about 8 p.m. by a neighbor who reported seeing a woman behaving erratically in the street, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

As deputies were questioning Johnson, 34, she grabbed a plastic flower pot from the kitchen table and threw it at her father, Donald Zumstein, hitting him in the stomach, a report said. Zumstein was not seriously injured.

When deputies tried to arrest Johnson, she began screaming and running around the house, the report said. Deputies had to wrestle Johnson to the floor before handcuffing her and placing her in leg restraints, according to the report.

Johnson also is charged with violating her probation on previous charges of battery on law enforcement and resisting arrest with violence. She was held at the county jail without bail.

Three teenagers face charges

of armed burglary, grand theft

LACOOCHEE _ Three teenage boys were arrested Monday after they were seen dropping two rifles in a ditch off U.S. 301 near Trilby Road, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

Authorities think the boys, ages 14, 15 and 15, stole the guns earlier in the day from a home on Arena Road. Two of the boys attend Pasco High School and one is enrolled at James Irvin Middle School. Their names are being withheld by the Times because of their ages.

When questioned by deputies, one of the boys said he did not steal the guns but knew they were stolen. He said he and his brother, along with another boy, retrieved the guns from the ditch where they were hidden, a report said.

They loaded the guns, then put them back in the ditch while they went to a nearby convenience store.

Charged with armed burglary and grand theft, the boys were held Tuesday at the county's juvenile detention center.

Two boys, 15, held teenager

at gunpoint, authorities say

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Two boys are accused of holding another teen at gunpoint last week and threatening him, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

It is not clear where the teens got the guns or whether they were loaded. The boys, both 15, pointed two .25-caliber, semi-automatic handguns at another youth, who they believed had turned one of them in for bringing a gun to Ridgewood High School last year, according to reports.

The boys, whose names are being withheld by the Times because of their ages, are both charged with aggravated assault.

They were taken to the county's juvenile detention center.