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Man charged with child abuse, child neglect

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 7, 2000

NEW PORT RICHEY -- People at a Publix supermarket on Seven Springs Boulevard called sheriff's deputies and said they saw a man strike two children in the face.

Maurice Duane Brewer, 33, of 6701 Olsteen Road in New Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of child neglect, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy found Brewer shopping at Publix, while his three children, ages 6, 4 and 3, sat in his van. The officer saw bruises and abrasions on the 6-year-old's face and above the 4-year-old's left eye, a report said. The 3-year-old did not appear to be injured.

Brewer told officers he slapped the children before he left them in the van.

Brewer was booked at the county jail in Land O'Lakes and was held on $3,000 bail. The children were placed in the custody of their mother, officials said.

Man accused of wielding butcher knife in argument

HUDSON -- A 36-year-old man was charged Thursday with aggravated assault after he tried to attack a disabled woman with a 12-inch butcher knife, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Mark C. Hassett of 13822 Judy Ave. had been drinking when he arrived at the home of Theresa Bivens on Smith Lake Boulevard on Thursday, a deputy's report said. Hassett and Bivens began arguing.

Bivens, 36, told deputies that Hassett passed out and, when he woke up, they continued arguing. Bivens asked Hassett to leave, and Hassett went into the kitchen and grabbed a butcher knife, the report said.

As Hassett tried to attack Bivens with the knife, the report said, she hurled one of her crutches at him, striking him in the forehead, then hitting him in the arm. This caused him to drop the knife, she told the officer.

Hassett told a deputy that he did pick up the knife, but only because he felt threatened.

He is being held on $5,000 bail at the county jail in Land O'Lakes.

Tarpon man charged with selling crack cocaine

HOLIDAY -- A Tarpon Springs man was charged with three counts of selling crack cocaine and three counts of possession of crack after, police say, he sold the drug to undercover officers on three occasions.

Clarence Eugene Winthrop, 21, of 119 East Lime St. was arrested by undercover vice detectives from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

According to authorities, Winthrop sold 1 gram of the drug, or 0.03 ounces, to an undercover deputy for $100 at the Burger King on U.S. 19 on Feb. 28.

On March 29, Winthrop sold a half gram, or about 0.01 ounces, to another deputy for $100 on the New Port Richey Recreation Center property, deputies said.

The third transaction came on Wednesday, according to deputies, when Winthrop sold 0.9 grams of crack to an undercover deputy for $150 at the corner of Milestretch Road and U.S. 19. According to a report, the deputy saw Winthrop in possession of more crack, and later confiscated 6.1 grams, or 0.21 ounces, from him.

In addition to the six charges, Winthrop was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Winthrop was arrested and taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes. He is being held on $110,000 bail.

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