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3 men, woman held after fracas at bar

At least eight law officers converged on Wet Willie's Bar & Grill Thursday to break up a parking-lot melee.

By BILL VARIAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 17, 2001


CRYSTAL RIVER -- A brawl at Wet Willie's Bar & Grill landed three men and a woman in jail on a range of charges and left a pregnant woman clutching her belly in the parking lot.

At least eight law enforcement officers arrived at Wet Willie's shortly after midnight Thursday when employees reported a disturbance. Citrus County sheriff's deputies and Crystal River police found several people arguing in the parking lot, according to arrest reports.

Employees pointed out Kevin Richard Fuqua, 22, of 7490 W Green Acres St., Homosassa, who they said started the disturbance and became violent when they tried to get him to leave. Deputies soon encountered the same problem, with Fuqua becoming violent when they tried to arrest him, reports said.

Fuqua was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence after he allegedly kicked a deputy in the knee and flung another into a car.

Stacy Rindosh, 24, 472 N Elmwood Point, Crystal River, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery and resisting an officer without violence, reports said. A bartender said Rindosh struck her in the chest after she was asked to leave for starting a disturbance with another woman. She then allegedly struggled with officers trying to arrest her.

Along with people yelling in the parking lot, officers also discovered a woman lying in a fetal position crying and holding her stomach area, reports said.

The woman said Steven John McAllistar started an argument with someone in her group at the bar. She said a fight started and she was kicked in the abdomen.

McAllistar, 24, 7178 W Parkway Lane, Homosassa, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant person and misdemeanor battery.

Finally, Robert McKinnon III, 18, 3487 N Amphibian Point, Crystal River, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement without violence and providing false identification. An arrest report indicates he initially provided officers questioning him with a bogus military identification card.

In other news:

Three men entered pleas this week to avoid trial.

David Taylor, 18, and Tracy Prater, 19, former inmates at Cypress Creek, were charged with felonies for escaping from the maximum security youth prison in Lecanto on Oct. 1. Both pleaded no contest Friday and were ordered to serve yearlong jail terms.

Prater also must serve two years of probation. The two were caught with another escapee within hours of the escape not far from the prison.

In an unrelated matter, Talmage Thomas, 58, of Inverness, had faced up to life in prison for shooting his stepson in the abdomen in March of last year during a family argument.

He pleaded no contest Thursday and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison. The shooting left his stepson, Dean Evans, then 28, of Bradenton, requiring ongoing medical attention. Family members had asked for leniency so that Thomas could make good on promises to assist with the medical costs.

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