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Man rams stepfather's truck, officials say

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 4, 2003

DADE CITY - A 31-year-old man was charged with domestic aggravated battery after officials said he rammed his truck into the truck of his stepfather.

Gary Henry of Old St. Joe Road was arguing with his stepfather about 7 p.m. Thursday when the incident happened, according to a sheriff's report. Henry had been talking with his brother-in-law on St. Joe Road when his stepfather, Larry Parker, showed up and yelled about a road cut into a grove, Henry told deputies. After Henry told him not to worry about it, Parker started yelling at him and calling him names. As Parker tried to leave in his GMC pickup truck, Henry rammed into the driver's door with his black Nissan truck, the report said.

Henry remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday without bail.

Man charged with assault, threatening four people

ZEPHYRHILLS - A 19-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm in a fight last month in which he is accused of threatening another man and his family with a gun.

Clarence Burgess, of Sixth Avenue, Zephyrhills, was charged Thursday in the incident. According to sheriff's records, Mike Barber told officials that Burgess threatened him and Barber's parents and a fourth person with the gun following a fight between Burgess and Barber. Burgess had showed up at Barber's home on Airport Drive demanding back the $250 he loaned to Barber, the report said.

When Barber said he didn't have it, the two started to fight, after which Burgess returned with a black semiautomatic gun, the report said.

He remained in Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $45,263 bail.

Man charged in beating attack on two teens

LUTZ - A 22-year-old man was charged in an attack on two 16-year-old boys who were beaten with golf clubs last month.

Brian Matthew Manning of Eastwood Drive, Lutz, was charged with aggravated battery on Thursday, according to records with the Sheriff's Office. He remained in Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $20,000 bail.

The boys were attacked last month on Eastwood Drive by several suspects wielding golf clubs and a black pipe, the reports said. One boy's hand was broken while the other suffered bruises on his body. Witnesses said Manning was the one who broke the one boy's hand, reports said.

Officials: Arson not cause of fire at street rod shop

PORT RICHEY - Officials have completed their investigation of the fire that destroyed Dave Koorey Street Rods on Afton Lane on Sunday, but were unable to determine its cause.

The fire's cause is being called "undetermined, but not suspicious," said Michael Douglas, a spokesman for the state Fire Marshal's Office.

"There was nothing unusual to indicate arson," Douglas said Friday. He said the fire started in the building's attic, but there was almost nothing left of the attic for investigators to examine.

Douglas said the owner always left two large fans running in the attic.

"It could have been the fans. It could have been electrical wiring in that area," Douglas said. "At this point we would be guessing."

Man sought for pointing gun at another man

PORT RICHEY - The Pasco Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of pointing a gun at a 24-year-old New Port Richey man Thursday evening.

Dennis Michael Logue of Fifeshire Lane in New Port Richey told deputies that he and his girlfriend had just picked up a meal from a sandwich shop on Ridge Road when the man made what sounded like vulgar statements to his girlfriend, according to a deputy's report.

When Logue asked the man if there was a problem, the man challenged him to a fight, Logue told deputies. Logue and his girlfriend got into his car and headed to his mother's house on Rainelle Lane, the report said.

The man got into a red and white pickup truck and followed Logue back to his mother's driveway, Logue told deputies. When Logue got out of his vehicle, the man grabbed him by his throat.

Logue said he pushed the man back, and the man pulled out a black pistol, pointed the pistol at Logue's chest, and said, "I'll shoot you."

Before leaving in his truck, the man also pointed the gun at his girlfriend, mother and stepfather, Logue said.

The man with the gun is being described as white, 40 years old, between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-10, weighing between 155 and 165 pounds, with short, straight brown hair.

[Last modified October 4, 2003, 02:04:40]

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