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Victim of attack expected to need surgery

Published February 8, 2007


The victim of a blindside punch Feb. 1 at Gulf High School will need surgery to repair his eye and skull, authorities said. A 15-year-old freshman was walking with friends in a common area about 2 p.m. when someone hit him in the side of the head, causing profuse bleeding, according to a sheriff's report. The report said a witness identified the attacker as Santiago Flores, 17, of 4245 Richmond Ave., New Port Richey, who told a deputy the attack was revenge for the previous shoving of his friend. Flores was arrested Tuesday, charged with felony battery and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. His status was not known Wednesday.

Woman dies after fall from bicycle

A 37-year-old woman died Tuesday night after falling headfirst from her bicycle in a 7-Eleven parking lot. Ineta Starcher was apparently riding home from work around 9 p.m. near Ridge Road and Regency Park Boulevard when a witness saw her fall over the handlebars for no clear reason, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital at 9:54 p.m. Starcher's last known address was 6710 Date Palm Blvd., Port Richey. Mike Bell, general manager of the Applebee's on Little Road where she worked as a greeter, said Starcher was a good worker who cared about her job. "We're losing a valued employee," he said.

Man charged with molesting girl, 8

A man molested an 8-year-old girl on church property Sunday afternoon, according to a police statement that identified the attacker as a friend of the victim's family. About 3 p.m. Sunday at 6219 River Road, where at least two churches hold services, witnesses saw an 8-year-old girl near the playground wearing no underwear and a man trying to pull her into an enclosed area. The witnesses told a pastor, who told New Port Richey police. Daniel Edward Wilson, 34, of 3417 Columbus Drive, Holiday, admitted he fondled the girl, the statement said. Wilson was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with lewd or lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12. Bail had not been set by early evening.

Dist. 61 lawmaker makes big splash

As one of 36 rookie lawmakers in the state House, Will Weatherford, 27, has emerged in an intense but cordial contest to be the future Speaker of the House. See Story, Local & State

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