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Man who died suspiciously is identified

By TIMES WIRES
Published April 26, 2007


HOLIDAY

A man found dead in his home Tuesday in what authorities are calling a suspicious death was officially identified Wednesday as Philip J. Berthold, 58. Authorities have not released a cause of death and say the investigation is ongoing. Pasco Fire Rescue was called to Berthold's 2132 Arcadia Drive home about 11:27 a.m. Tuesday after his wife, Denise Berthold, told a neighbor that he wouldn't wake up. After her husband was found dead, Denise Berthold, 52, was hospitalized in an "incoherent state," Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said. She remained in the hospital Wednesday. Authorities are trying to find her son, Michael Cappiello Jr., to inform him of the death. Anyone with information on Cappiello should call Detective Christopher Beaman toll-free at 1-800-854-2862 ext. 7841.

LAND O'LAKES

Brooksville man held on sex charge

A Brooksville man was charged Tuesday with molesting a 5-year-old girl in Zephyrhills in January, reports from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Jeffrey R. Dearth, 46, 8616 Ridge Dale Ave., Brooksville, already was in the Land O'Lakes jail because of an arrest last month by the Zephyrhills Police Department on an outstanding warrant from Ohio accusing him of failing to pay child support, said Capt. Randy Belasic. Dearth is charged with capital sexual battery and remained in jail Wednesday without bail.

COUNTYWIDE

Win diamonds by writing about mom

Diamonds are a mom's best friend. At least that's what the folks at Kiefer Village Jewelers hope, anyway. The store is sponsoring an essay contest for kids called "Why My Mom Deserves a Diamond for Mother's Day." Open to all middle school students in Pasco County schools, the contest asks children to write on the theme "Why My Mom is Like a Diamond" using at least three traits from a list created by the store. They can write about their mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, older sisters or any motherly influence in their lives. First place wins a 14-karat gold and diamond pendant. Other winners get sterling silver and diamond jewelry. The deadline is Friday. Entries should be sent to Michael Cloyd at the school district office. For information and rules, call (352) 567-2378 or (813) 909-2393.