NEW PORT RICHEY
A jury was picked Monday and the trial begins today for Joseph and Cynthia Clancy, a couple accused of bilking an elderly woman they cared for out of property and money. In 2001, the Clancys moved in with Eloise Mudway, a widow with no children. Authorities say the Clancys took over power of attorney, transferred her Hilltop Drive home - where they still live - to themselves, and burned through thousands of dollars of her savings. Mudway is now 92. The Clancys - Joseph is 56, Cynthia is 46 - face charges of grand theft on a person 65 or older, which could land them in prison for 30 years if they are found guilty. The couple's original trial a year ago ended in a mistrial.
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DUI manslaughter case postponed
The DUI manslaughter trial of Elias Soto, accused of hitting a man at a work site in 2006, has been postponed until Dec. 7. The state recently filed a 70-page stack of medical records about the victim's injuries, and the defense asked for more time to study the information. At issue is whether Soto, 50, of Zephyrhills, was under the influence at the time of the Oct. 19, 2006, accident. Soto was driving east on State Road 54 when he crashed into a work site at Meadow Pointe Boulevard and struck Michael Gunter, 18, of Lakeland, according to authorities. Gunter died a few months later. The Florida Highway Patrol said Soto failed field sobriety tests and smelled like alcohol, but his blood-alcohol tests came in at 0.051 and 0.055, below the level at which Florida law presumes impairment. Soto faces charges of DUI manslaughter, manslaughter by culpable negligence and two counts of DUI.
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VFW Holiday Post 10167 will host a golf tournament Oct. 3 to benefit Wounded Warriors. For more information, call (727) 481-3446. The post provided an incorrect phone number for an article published on Sunday.