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Man charged with battery for second time in two weeks

A Brooksville man who was released without being required to post bail after being charged two weeks ago with beating his pregnant girlfriend was arrested again Friday and accused of beating her. Sheriff's deputies said Louis W. Ritchie, 27, 3222 Broad St., Brooksville, also swung a bottle at a deputy. Ritchie is now being held without bail. He faces charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and violation of probation. Ritchie was released by Judge Peyton Hyslop on Jan. 16 and ordered not to have contact with his girlfriend, Tina Gerow. Gerow said Friday that Ritchie entered her home through an unlocked front door, according to a sheriff's report. Gerow said an argument began, and she asked him to leave. Gerow said Ritchie threw her to the floor and began to choke her, the report said. She escaped and ran to a Circle K in Brooksville, where she called deputies. Deputies said when they entered the house, Ritchie attempted to hit one of the deputies with a beer bottle but was blocked. Gerow suffered scrapes and bruises but refused medical treatment.

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