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Man sues SunCruz, says he was beaten on cruise

An Orlando man is suing the operators of the SunCruz casino boats, alleging that gambling ship workers beat him up while he was on a cruise last April.

Carlos M. Espejo filed the lawsuit in federal court in Tampa, seeking punitive damages and reimbursement for medical expenses incurred because of the assault, which court papers say occurred last April 18.

SunCruz boats are operated by Paradise of Port Richey Inc., which is owned by Molly Kolokithas and her husband. Kolokithas said she hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment on the allegations.

"I don't remember us beating anybody up," she said.

Espejo and his attorney, Pamela Darden Mosely of Orlando, couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

The lawsuit also accuses SunCruz employees of false imprisonment for confining Espejo to a corner of the dining room for the duration of the cruise.

Espejo offered no explanation for the attack in his court filing.

Teen reports being shot

in foot while on bicycle

DADE CITY _ A 17-year-old boy was shot in the foot Thursday night while riding a bicycle near the Dade Oaks housing complex. The teenager, whom police did not identify, was treated at Pasco Community Hospital and released early Friday.

The teen told police he was riding toward his home on a well-worn dirt path between State Street and Dade Oaks when he heard two shots. He told police he then heard two more shots and felt the pain of a bullet in his left foot.

The bullet broke a toe and apparently fragmented when it hit bone, said Dade City police Lt. David Duff. After arriving at the hospital, the teenager told police he was not carrying a gun at the time and could offer no explanation as to why someone shot him.

"He didn't see anybody, didn't hear anybody, doesn't have a clue why anyone would want to shoot him," Duff said.

Sunday night production

of "Nunsense' is canceled

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The presentation of the musical Nunsense set for 8 p.m. Sunday at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center has been canceled.

People who bought tickets for that show can transfer to the 3 p.m. performance or get a refund, said John Timpanelli, whose company, Tin Pan Alley Productions, is presenting the show. Call (813) 841-6895 for instructions.

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