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Corrections officer accused of spouse battery

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 19, 2001

A Sumter County corrections officer faces battery charges after authorities say he beat his wife and threatened suicide Monday.

John Thomas Wiley, 43, of Spring Hill got into a fight with his wife and punched her on the back of the head, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report. During the fight, a glass the wife was holding broke, and she was cut. When the wife tried to leave the house with her children, Wiley threatened suicide and went to get bullets for his gun, the report said.

Family members were able to distract him until deputies arrived and took Wiley into protective custody. Records show that Wiley is a former Hernando County sheriff's deputy who was hired in January 1994 and fired in September of that year after other officers smelled alcohol on his breath while he was at work.

Mother is charged with child neglect

A mother who left her children home alone faces neglect charges, officials said. Tina K. Bench, 29, of 600 Darby Lane Apt. 13 in Brooksville was arrested after Brooksville police answered a hang-up 911 call on Tuesday and found three children -- ages 5, 7 and 8 -- without supervision, a report said.

One of the boys had been playing with the telephone and called 911. Their mother, Bench, told police she had left the apartment with a friend to pick up the friend's child from day care in Spring Hill.

Woman accused of DUI and injuring 9-year-old

A woman accused of driving drunk and injuring a child in her car landed in jail Tuesday. Jaqueline Beadling, 41, of 13356 Harrison St. west of Brooksville, faces counts of drunken driving and child abuse.

According to reports, Beadling was driving drunk on Jan. 19 and slammed on her brakes so hard a 9-year-old boy in the car flew forward and hit his head on the dashboard, a sheriff's report said. The boy asked her to stop driving and got out. She kept driving and hit a stop sign at Arizona Street and Highfield Road, the report said. At the time, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI and, after further investigation, the abuse charge was added this week.

Woman arrested in violent shoplifting

Authorities have arrested a woman they say helped shoplift computer items from a store and injured a child in the process.

Donna Cori, 30, of 7700 Rusty Hook Court in Hudson, faces charges of child neglect, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, resisting a merchant and grand theft retail. Employees at a Spring Hill Staples, 4210 Commercial Way, said that on Jan. 26, a man ran out of the store with the items in a shopping cart. He then got in a white 1994 Oldsmobile driven by a woman -- who officials now identify as Cori -- who had a child with her. As an employee tried to block the car, the Oldsmobile rammed into him and sped away, a Hernando County sheriff's report said.

Before the car took off, the employee said he saw the child, who was not wearing a seat belt, fly forward and hit the windshield. The boy was not seriously hurt. The male suspect, John Fisher, 26, of 6828 Puffin Lane in Hudson, was arrested in February on the same charges as Cori.

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