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One inmate hurt, another charged in jailhouse fight

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001


LAND O'LAKES -- A card game gone bad Wednesday ended in a fight between two inmates, said sheriff's office spokesman Kevin Doll.

Merlin Devon Howard, 18, and Aaron McCray, 45, got in an argument during the game, Doll said.

Howard then hit McCray in the face and head with his fist, splitting McCray's lip. He then knocked McCray down, causing a cut at the base of his skull, a report stated.

McCray was treated at Pasco Regional Medical Center and later released.

Howard was charged with battery in a prison facility. He also has pending charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, giving a false name or identification and failure to appear in court for an assault in a prison facility.

He remained in jail Thursday, in lieu of $50,250 bail.

Husband charged with battery on pregnant wife

WESLEY CHAPEL -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man they say beat his pregnant wife because she didn't bring any food home for him after taking her son to the emergency room.

David Farrell of 9028 McKendree Road was charged with domestic aggravated battery in the incident.

Deputies said his wife, Shannon Farrell, 31, was six and a half months pregnant with the couple's son. She told deputies she had taken her 13-year-old son to the hospital, though a report didn't list the reason.

She said her husband had told her to bring him some food home. She went by Taco Bell on the way home, but it appeared closed, a report stated.

She told deputies David got angry when she didn't arrive with food, and the argument escalated as they lay in bed with their 2-year-old daughter between them.

She said she pushed him in the chest, and he retaliated and pushed her backward.

David Farrell told deputies he had consumed a six-pack of beer during the evening, before the dispute.

He was taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where he was released later Wednesday on his own recognizance.

Man, 52, charged with disorderly intoxication

DADE CITY -- A 52-year-old man started out at the fair and ended up in jail Wednesday on charges of disorderly intoxication, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies at the fairgrounds in Dade City called a taxi for Kenneth Ray Cone, no address given, telling the driver to take him to a hotel for the night.

The driver, Memory Ann Keen of Dade City, said she took Cone to the Ancient Oaks Motel. Because there were no vacancies, she then took Cone to the Valencia Motel, 12421 U.S. 301.

Keen told deputies that Cone insisted she take him back to the fairgrounds, but deputies had told her not to bring him back.

She said Cone became angry and started hitting the back of her seat and made threats about blowing up Dade City and killing her.

Cone then got out of the car and tried to open the doors of several parked cars in the Happy Days bar parking lot, but he couldn't find one that was unlocked, a report stated.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Cone walking across the parking lot. They said he was visibly intoxicated, smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech.

When he continued to be belligerent and uncooperative, he was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication.

He was taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where he was released Thursday on $250 bail and time served.

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