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Armed man robs Coast Dental in Zephyrhills of $220 in cash

By Times Staff Writer
Published April 6, 2004

ZEPHYRHILLS - A man with a gun robbed the Coast Dental office on Allen Road on Monday, leaving with $220 in cash. Office manager Jennifer Martinez said the man was wearing a cloth over his face when he came in shortly after 5 p.m. "He said, "I want all the money in the register right now, I'm not playing,"' Martinez said. She said she and the receptionist thought it was a joke until the man displayed a handgun. "He said, "I don't want to hurt anybody. Just give me the money."' He was given $220 in cash, Martinez said. No one was hurt. The robber ran out of the office, which is just off State Road 54. Pasco County sheriff's deputies were searching for the suspect.

Police seek suspects shooting paintballs at cars

HUDSON - Pasco County Sheriff's investigators are searching for suspects who shot a family's car with paintballs while traveling on Little Road on Sunday evening. The incident, which happened about 7:10 p.m., terrified the family of four, and the father chased the suspects for about five minutes. The suspects' car blew out three tires near State Road 52 and was abandoned. The Sheriff's Office confiscated the vehicle. No arrests had been made as of Monday afternoon. In a similar incident, also Sunday, a woman driving on Hudson Avenue, near Little Road, said her car was hit by a paintball.

Homeless woman dies in fire at wooded camp area

PORT RICHEY - A 49-year-old homeless woman died Thursday night after a camp in a wooded area off Siesta Lane, near U.S. 19, was engulfed in flames, police said. The woman's name had not been released Monday because police were trying to reach her family. Port Richey Police Chief Bill Sager said the woman might have started a fire to keep warm. The area she was staying in is extremely dry, he said, and it was windy that night. Her body was found after the flames were extinguished.

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