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Worker accused of threats in dispute over how to cook meat

Published January 26, 2007


Panchero's Mexican Grill has been open only a few months on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, but some are taking the recipes seriously. Joshua Lee Herrera, 20, was charged with aggravated assault and battery Wednesday, according to a sheriff's report. Authorities said he wielded a footlong kitchen knife and threatened a co-worker during an argument about how to properly cook meat. Herrera, 25625 Bruford Blvd., Land O'Lakes, told deputies he was joking. His bosses weren't laughing. Their response: "You're fired."

Deputy is on scene to attest to road rage

Michael Piesco, 20, of Trinity was northbound in a 1993 Isuzu pickup on McMullen-Booth Road at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday. Then, at a red light at Enterprise Road, Patrick Carmody, 22, of Clearwater got out of a trailing 1999 Acura, Pinellas County sheriff's authorities said, and went to the passenger's side of the truck- where Randy Scorca, 22, of New Port Richey was sitting - and smashed the window and dented the door frame with a baseball bat. Eric Snowden, an on-duty jail deputy, witnessed the incident and followed the Acura. Deputies arrested Carmody and driver Edwin Rivera, 21, of Clearwater.

Blood-alcohol level six times the legal limit

Dion Paul Wells had a blood-alcohol level of 0.481 when he drove into the path of a sheriff's deputy Tuesday night, authorities say. That's the level one would reach after drinking nearly 30 beers in an hour. It's also six times the level at which Florida law presumes intoxication. Wells, 51, an Army sergeant living at 14705 Nottingham Trail, Hudson, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol test. His blood was tested after his arrest. As deputies ran a license check on Wells, one heard the sound of a pop-top popping. Wells was getting a fresh beer, deputies said.

Officials chase naked man into Intracoastal Waterway

Police chases usually stay on land. At 2:40 p.m. Thursday, police and deputies began chasing a robbery suspect near Gulf Boulevard and the Belleair Beach Causeway. The man stripped naked, jumped in the Intracoastal Waterway and swam into deep water, authorities said. Deputies dispatched boats and a helicopter to track him. The swimmer was pulled into a boat, where he fought with deputies, biting one. Authorities took him to a hospital because he showed signs of hypothermia. Charles Thomas Hilldreth, 24, of North Carolina faced numerous charges, including strong-arm robbery.

[Last modified January 26, 2007, 00:43:34]

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