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No holiday for hate this Valentine's Day

A bickering couple and a nasty note disguised as a valentine kept sheriff's deputies busy on the day set aside to celebrate love.

By TAMARA LUSH

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


NEW PORT RICHEY -- Not everyone had a happy Valentine's Day in Pasco County.

Sheriff's deputies handled two cases on Wednesday that were unremarkable -- except that they happened on the day that most people celebrate love, not anger.

During one incident, deputies say a 40-year-old New Port Richey woman tried to get amorous with her boyfriend at 4:34 a.m. He declined her advances and she became angry.

She tightly squeezed his crotch, according to a deputy's report, and hit him in the chest -- even though she knew he had a cracked sternum. A fight ensued.

The pair both received scratches, and deputies determined that the woman was the primary aggressor. Deputies charged her with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor. She was being held Thursday at the county jail in Land O'Lakes without bail.

In an unrelated incident, a woman noticed at lunch time that someone had slipped a Valentine's Day card into her car through her partially rolled down window.

The typed message read: "Roses are red, violets are blue, one day they had to find your dental records to identify you. Too bad you're such a cruel and heartless person."

The note went on to further threaten the woman, who told authorities that she had no idea who could have written the nasty message.

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