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Couple faces battery charges after scuffle

By TIMES STAFF
Published January 6, 2007


A preschool teacher and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday on domestic battery charges, according to reports from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Cordelle Delight Bowmer, 22, a teacher at Primrose School on Collier Parkway, tried to choke Jessica Tuten, 20, and dragged Tuten, causing her to hit her head against the floor, a report says. Then Terry Tuten, 19, Bowmer's boyfriend and Jessica Tuten's brother, joined in the fight, the report says. Bowmer's job status remained unclear Friday. She was being held Friday afternoon at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $2,000 bail; Terry Tuten was being held in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Shopping center planned for SR 54

Signs of commercial construction are popping up along State Road 54 these days. Half a mile east of Collier Parkway, the 28,000-square-foot Shoppes at Terra Bella is the latest retail addition proposed to join the 205-acre development by Flagship Development Inc. Pappas Retail Leasing & Management of St. Petersburg is handling the tenancies. So far, a nail salon, a hair salon and a dry cleaner have reportedly signed on. Terra Bella was proposed in 2005 to include more than 100 townhomes, but construction hasn't begun.

Authorities seek robbery suspect

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is looking for this man, who authorities say robbed a Wachovia Bank near New Port Richey on Thursday. His image was caught on a surveillance tape. If you have information regarding the crime, contact the Sheriff's Office's tip line at 1-800-706-2488.

One beach warning lifted, others stay

The Pasco County Health Department lifted a warning Friday against letting people go into the water at Gulf Harbors beach. But warnings remain for the beaches in Port Richey at the Energy and Marine Center, Brasher Park and Oelsner Park, as well as Robert J. Strickland Beach, also known as Hudson Beach. High bacteria levels in the water put people at risk for illness.