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Published Nov. 29, 2006

Shane Ficco learned a valuable lesson a few days ago: Don't mess with your wife's Cheetos. About 7:45 p.m. Monday, Ficco took one of the cheesy snacks out of the hand of his wife, Pricilla Lee Ficco, 23. She slapped her husband and grabbed him by his neck, a Pasco sheriff's report said. She was charged with domestic battery.


Appliances stolen from building sites

Kitchen appliances worth more than $2,400 were taken from Lennar homes under construction. Since the thefts at the Suncoast Meadows subdivision in Land O'Lakes occurred between Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, investigators say they are probably connected, said Doug Tobin, Pasco Sheriff's Office spokesman. The stolen goods include a range, microwave, refrigerator, two dishwashers and a white metal door.


No meant no - and a trip to jail

Authorities say Frank Delnegro, 18, was adamant in refusing his father's request to wash dishes Monday night and punched him in the shoulder. His mother saw it all, and Delnegro was arrested and jailed on a charge of simple domestic battery.


Murder court action rare in Hernando

James Ray Booth was arraigned Tuesday morning in a mostly empty courtroom on charges that include first-degree murder. The whole hearing took no more than five minutes and was standard procedure for the beginning of pretty much any criminal case. But it was the first time in a long time anybody in Hernando County had been arraigned for charges of this serious sort. Booth, 57, is accused of shooting Kenneth LaPointe Sr. in the chest at the kitchen table in a trailer one afternoon in late October. The incident was the middle homicide in the county's recent deadly stretch after almost 2-1/2 years of none at all.


Robber's weapon: a broken bottle

A man armed with a broken bottle robbed the 7-Eleven at 131st Street and Walsingham Road around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday. Two female employees were present when the man entered the store and asked if he could purchase a bottle of wine, police said. In videotape the man appears to be a shirtless white male with a mustache. When he demanded money, an employee noticed the broken bottle wrapped inside a black shirt and gave him an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber is still at large.