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Witness nabs Spring Hill man accused of stealing purse

A man accused of robbing a 70-year-old woman was jailed Tuesday after a witness chased and restrained him until police arrived. Police said Christopher P. Manuli, of 6151 Pinehurst Drive in Spring Hill, ran up behind the woman as she left the Publix supermarket on U.S. 19 about 7 p.m. Monday. Manuli, 19, took the woman's purse and ran, police said. Gary Beers, 26, of Spring Hill heard the woman scream. He then chased and tackled the suspect about three blocks away on Onyx Drive. Police recovered the woman's purse and arrested Manuli. Booked into the county jail on a charge of robbery, Manuli was held Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Man suspected of killing wife,

shooting self in critical condition

ZEPHYRHILLS _ A man suspected of strangling his ailing wife during the weekend remained in critical condition at a Tampa hospital Tuesday. Joseph Machunk, 74, has been at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa since Sunday, when a home health care worker found him in bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities think he strangled his wife, Mary Machunk, 72, late Saturday, then shot himself. No charges have been filed.

Gulf High scholarship event

honors football player who died

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A kickoff event for the Joe Burney Memorial Scholarship Fund is planned in the Gulf High School gymnasium after Friday night's football game. Burney was a Gulf football player who died in July after a heat stroke while working at a summer tree-trimming job. The event will feature a karate performance by the Solid Rock Company from Indian Rocks Beach and free pizza and soft drinks for all students. Tickets cost $3 for students and $5 for adults. Starting this year, a college scholarship in Burney's name will be presented annually to a Gulf High football player. The Rev. Thomas Buck of Westside Baptist Church, who is also the team chaplain, has spearheaded efforts to start the scholarship fund. Westside has committed to make annual pledges to the fund and will provide the food for Friday's event. Other churches, businesses and individuals are encouraged to make donations to help Gulf High football players attend college. For information, call Westside at (813) 848-6720.


Prosecutors agreed to drop a grand theft charge against Larry Argo this week in exchange for his no-contest plea on a charge of exploitation of the elderly. The state then recommended Argo receive the maximum sentence of one year in jail followed by house arrest or probation. The judge sentenced Argo to 10 months in jail followed by four years' probation. A story Tuesday misstated the terms of the plea deal.

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State Rep. Debra Prewitt's first name was misspelled in a story Sunday.

NEAT AS A PIN D. Burl, right, and Susan Vonderheid practicejuggling Tuesday outside Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey.The two perform with the Kelly Miller Circus of Oklahoma.