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Man accused of fireworks theft, escape attempt

(ran PW, PS editions)

A 24-year-old Port Richey man was accused Friday of breaking into a fireworks tent, authorities said, and, after he was arrested, kicking out the window of a patrol car and diving through it, trying to escape.

But sheriff's deputies said they quickly caught up with Andrew William Gaskell, still handcuffed, hiding beneath a stairwell in a nearby apartment complex.

Gaskell, 6484 Congress St., was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and escape.

Sheriff's deputies said two witnesses spotted Gaskell raiding Fantasy Fireworks, 6520 Ridge Road, about 5 a.m. Friday. The witnesses said Gaskell offered them fireworks, drugs and cash to keep quiet, according to a sheriff's report.

But they called authorities, and a Port Richey police officer discovered Gaskell standing in the fireworks tent, holding a cash register drawer. Sheriff's deputies arrived and placed Gaskell in a patrol car.

Shortly after, they heard a loud noise and saw Gaskell running across Ridge Road. Deputies caught him about 100 yards away and took him to the Land O'Lakes jail.

He was still there Saturday, held in lieu of $23,026 bail. Deputies recovered the stolen fireworks and cash, a report states.

Pair face charges of

robbing man at knifepoint

DADE CITY _ A San Antonio man and a Dade City woman were charged Friday, authorities said, with robbing a man at knifepoint on June 5.

Joe Clayton Hall, 38, 11731 Fresco Lane, and Kathryn M. Williams, 21, 37149 Goldenrod Court, both were arrested on a charge of armed robbery.

Sheriff's deputies said the two arrived at Alejandro Pacheco's home on Blanton Street in Dade City about 6:30 p.m. June 5. Deputies said Hall pushed Pacheco into the kitchen, pointed a knife at his neck and said, "Give me all your money," according to a sheriff's report.

Pacheco said he gave the man his wallet and the two left.

He spotted the pair Monday , copied down their license plate number and called the Sheriff's Office.

Both Hall and Williams were held without bail Saturday at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Man accused of shooting girlfriend in front of child

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A 21-year-old New Port Richey man was arrested Friday after, authorities said, he shot his girlfriend in the leg Thursday.

Harley James Entwistle, 11324 Altoona Ave., was arrested on charges of aggravated domestic battery, shooting into an occupied dwelling and child abuse.

Sheriff's deputies said Entwistle got into an argument with his girlfriend about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, then went outside and retrieved a .38-caliber pistol from the console of his car. Entwistle fired one round and hit his girlfriend in the leg. The couple's 3-year-old son witnessed the shooting, according to an arrest report..

Neighbors drove Entwistle's girlfriend to the hospital. He dropped the gun and ran, a report states. Entwistle turned himself in at the Sheriff's Office on Friday. He told sheriff's deputies that the shooting was an accident.

He was held at the Land O'Lakes jail Saturday in lieu of $30,000 bond.

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