NEW PORT RICHEY
A former New Port Richey bank employee is accused of stealing nearly $70,000 from Bank of America accounts, transferring the money to her friends' and families' accounts and then to her own. Lynn Ciancio, 28, of 8111 Hathaway Drive faces charges of grand theft and scheme to defraud. The Sheriff's Office said Ciancio transferred money in increments of $200 to $1,000 once every couple of weeks over two years, through July. Ciancio, according to the report, acknowledged taking the money and said she did so because her home was going into foreclosure. She remained jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Deputies: Man fired into crowd
Authorities have made an arrest in an Oct. 18 shooting in the Moon Lake area. They say the shooter is a gang member. Norman Geronimo Bravo, 22, of 10227 Jungle St. faces charges of aggravated battery and discharging a firearm from a vehicle. The Sheriff's Office says he fired a gun into a crowd after an early-morning altercation on Davista Avenue. Johnny Horton, 43, was struck in the arm. Bravo, according to an incident report, is a known member of the Sureno 13 gang. Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said if Bravo is convicted, prosecutors plan to use a statute that seeks enhanced penalties because of his gang affiliation. He remained jailed Friday in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $20,000 bail. A 17-year-old believed to have been driving the car also was arrested.