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Holiday man killed in early morning crash

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 2, 2004

A Holiday man was one of two people killed early Friday when they lost control of and were ejected from their vehicle, which hit a fence and landed in a ditch along Tampa Road in Palm Harbor, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Kyles James Tiernan, 25, of Holiday and Jonathon D. Schuberth, 24, were headed east on Tampa Road in a 2002 Honda about 2:10 a.m. The car rotated clockwise, hit a fence on the south side of Tampa Road near Lake St. George and came to rest in a ditch on its right side, troopers said.

Troopers were unable to determine whether Tiernan or Schuberth was driving. Both men, the only two in the vehicle, were ejected. Neither had been wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

Information sought on body found in gulf

HUDSON - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a body that was discovered floating in the Gulf of Mexico about 2 miles off Hudson on Saturday.

The body is that of a white male with brown hair, between 35 and 45 years old, 5-foot-7 inches tall and 150 pounds. The man was wearing a green polo shirt, blue shorts, tan socks and a blue backpack. He had a skin condition that left white splotches on his arms and chest.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information call Detective Lisa Mazza at 847-5878, ext. 7473.

49-year-old arrested after traffic dispute

HOLIDAY - A 49-year-old man was arrested after punching another man following a traffic dispute, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

The report said Nick T. Zaharopoulos and another motorist were driving south on Rowan Road about 2:15 p.m. Friday when they cut each other off. Zaharopoulos stopped in front of the other man, whose name was not given in the report, and walked to his vehicle. The men exchanged words and then Zaharopoulos reached into the car and punched the man in the mouth, the report said.

Zaharopoulos, 1306 Brightwell Drive in Holiday, admitted being involved in the incident, the report said. He was arrested on burglary (for reaching into the car) and battery charges. He was being held Monday in county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Child abuse added to burglary charge

NEW PORT RICHEY - A man arrested after a break-in at a New Port Richey law office also was charged with child abuse/neglect for leaving a 2-year-old boy at home, police said.

New Port Richey Police said Joseph H. Stubblefield, 34, of 5702 Montana Ave., smashed a window at Doran & Beam law office on Grand Boulevard about 12:25 a.m. Sunday and was seen crawling inside by a New Port Richey Police officer who heard the glass break. The alarm went off and Stubblefield crawled outside, the report said. The officer said Stubblefield was holding a knife. The officer ordered Stubblefield to drop the knife and get on the ground, which he did.

New Port Richey Police learned in the investigation that Stubblefield had a boy at home. Officers went to the home and found the boy home alone. Stubblefield was being held Monday at county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. He faces charges of armed burglary and child abuse/neglect.

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