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Man accused of firing shots at nightclub crowd

(ran PW, PS editions)

A 23-year-old New Port Richey man was arrested on two counts of attempted murder after he fired shots into a crowd outside the Bourbon Street Night Club early Wednesday morning, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Pablo Torres, 7650 Humboldt Ave., was held without bail in the Land O'Lakes jail on Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies said Torres wore a gray hooded sweat shirt when he fired into a crowd standing outside the nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19. No one was injured. Two people at the club, Mike Mucci and Eric Maggaro, followed Torres to the side of the building, according to an arrest report.

There, Torres pointed a handgun at them and pulled the trigger twice, but it did not fire, deputies said.

Torres did not know the two men, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.

"I don't know if he was trying to shoot someone or scare someone," Doll said. "I can't comment on his motive."

Torres jumped into a gray Nissan, which drove off. Shortly after, deputies spotted the car and arrested Torres. The driver of the car, Michael Burgett, told deputies that Torres threw the gray sweat shirt out of the car. Deputies found the sweat shirt nearby, as well as an automatic handgun.

Port Richey man charged

in holiday stabbing

PORT RICHEY _ A 20-year-old Port Richey man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of aggravated battery in connection with a New Year's Eve stabbing, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Melvin Lee Silva, 7116 Arbutus Drive, was being held Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail pending $10,000 bail.

Detectives said Silva approached a car in which a man was sitting at 9431 Mark Twain Lane in Port Richey at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2002. Silva stabbed Thomas Diaz in his left arm below the elbow, detectives said. The knife went through Diaz's arm, they said.

Silva admitted to the stabbing, according to detectives.

19-year-old faces charges

in McDonald's burglary

PORT RICHEY _ A 19-year-old Port Richey man was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft Tuesday after he stole $4,000 from a safe at a McDonald's restaurant where he used to work, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Toby Lewis Coderre, 7702 Isabella Drive, was held at the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday pending $20,000 bail.

Detective Janet Raybuck said Coderre broke into the McDonald's at 9121 Little Road at 1:50 a.m. Monday. He knew the safe combination from when he worked there, Raybuck wrote in her report. He allegedly stole about $4,000. While there, he spray-painted two surveillance cameras in hopes that he would not be recognized, Raybuck said. However, when Raybuck viewed the tapes she could tell it was him.

Coderre admitted to the burglary and returned $1,806, Raybuck said.

Woman reports purse

stolen at Publix

HOLIDAY _ Someone stole a 38-year-old woman's purse while she shopped at Publix on Tuesday evening, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Robin Rains told deputies that she was shopping at the grocery store, 4701 Sunray Drive, at about 5:30 p.m. when she noticed that her purse was missing. Rains told deputies that someone must have stolen it from her grocery cart while she shopped with her husband and son.

No arrests have been made.