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Vandals damage residence attached to local temple

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 25, 2002

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Vandals broke two windows and urinated on the front door handle of a home attached to the Beth-El Shalom Temple in New Port Richey Saturday morning.

Terry Lezak, who lives in the residence attached to the temple at the corner of Missouri Avenue and Congress Street with his wife and two young daughters, said he was awake working on the computer around 3:30 a.m. when he heard glass breaking in his living room.

He went to investigate, finding a beer mug had shattered the window. Then glass broke in the computer room he had just left. He ran back into the room and saw that someone had thrown a premixed coffee drink through the window, he said.

Lezak said he then heard a vehicle speeding away. After he called New Port Richey police, Lezak said he went outside and found that someone had urinated on the handle of the front door.

No damage was done to the temple.

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