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Two men found shot after incident in parking lot

(ran North, South editions)

Two men were found shot Sunday night after an incident in the parking lot of Publix on Sunray Drive and U.S. 19.

Craig Michael Blanchard, 19, and Charles Smith III, 18, both of Holiday, each suffered gunshot wounds and were found lying in the grass median in the middle of U.S. 19 about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office still was investigating the shooting Monday afternoon, spokesman Kevin Doll said. No arrests had been made. The incident report indicated there was a juvenile suspect and one unnamed witness.

Blanchard and Smith were transported to Community Hospital. Hospital officials would not release information about their conditions Monday.

A man who identified himself to the Times as Blanchard's father but who declined to give his name said Blanchard was shot in the shoulder. Smith was shot in the neck, according to a deputy's report.

Investigators seized a tan Toyota 4-Runner registered to Blanchard after conducting a visual check of the vehicle for potential evidence such as handguns or narcotics, the report says. Two T-shirts had been discarded in the grass near the Toyota.

Blanchard has been planning to enlist in the Navy, his father and neighbors said.

Family pet walks home,

dies after being shot

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Spike, a 2{-year-old black and tan mixed breed dog, walked about a mile home before he died of a gunshot wound, his owner said.

Spike was one of two dogs Pasco County sheriff's deputies said were shot Saturday in the neighborhood surrounding Spike's home on Osceola Drive in New Port Richey.

Spike suffered a wound to his snout and shoulder but stayed alive long enough to walk home. An unidentified female Husky that often accompanied Spike was found dead on Osceola Boulevard north of Jasmine Boulevard, a gunshot through its side.

No arrests were made.

"To think that there is a human being around our neighborhood who is heartless enough to shoot a dog point-blank in the face," said Spike's owner, C.J. Hunter.

Hunter had to break the news to his three children, ages 2, 9 and 10. He said he believes someone shot the dogs for trespassing on their property. Spike was the family's only dog, Hunter said. They had him for about a year.

Deputies say pair broke

into bowling alley for ATM

HUDSON _ Two men who said they met at South Beach Club on Sunday were arrested hours later on charges that they broke into Hudson Bowl, tried to cart off an automated teller machine and swiped a few stuffed animals from a vending machine.

Keith Eric Zange, 25, of 1744 Percheron Drive in New Port Richey and James Frederick McClary, 43, of 10080 Jupiter Lane in Spring Hill were arrested on charges of grand theft and burglary after they were discovered at the bowling alley near 7 p.m. Sunday night.

According to the arrest report, McClary said he was persuaded to participate in the break-in.

The two suspects broke through the alley's front glass door, vandalized several small change machines and carried the ATM out to McClary's green Mercury Grand Marquis, according to the report.

Pasco sheriff's deputies were alerted to the incident by a burglar alarm at the business at 14523 U.S. 19. The alarm company told deputies they had a recording of voices saying to "just grab the machine and leave."

The suspects were taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes and each is being held on $20,000 bail.

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