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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001

Mobile home arson under investigation

ZEPHYRHILLS -- The state Fire Marshal's Office and Pasco County sheriff's deputies are investigating an arson that destroyed a single-wide mobile home Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Two people were inside the home at 38416 Gaines St. in Zephyr Mobile Home Park, but no one was injured in the fire, said Capt. Warren Errickson of the Zephyrhills Fire Department.

All that remained after the fire was a roof, a frame and a couple of walls, Errickson said. The blaze caused about $15,000 damage.

A neighbor called Zephyrhills firefighters at 8:34 a.m. to alert them to the fire, Errickson said. Seven minutes earlier someone in the mobile home had called the Sheriff's Office to report an unwanted guest.

There had been no arrests early Saturday afternoon.

Boy, 8, charged with hitting playmate

NEW PORT RICHEY -- An 8-year-old boy was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault for hitting another boy in the nose with an umbrella, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

The boy, whose name is not being printed because of his age, was playing with friends when he got into an argument with a 9-year-old boy and hit him, deputies said.

The boy charged with aggravated assault said the other boy had kicked him in the crotch so he hit him with the umbrella, according to deputies.

The 8-year-old boy, a fourth grade student at Richey Elementary School, was taken to Juvenile Detention Center near San Antonio. Deputies did not release information Saturday about whether the boy was still being detained.

Deputies searching for man in shooting

DADE CITY -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies continued to search Saturday for the man who fired eight shots into a parked car on Friday night, injuring another man, a spokesman said.

The man inside the car, whose name deputies were not releasing Saturday, was hit seven times in the lower abdomen, spokesman Kevin Doll said. He was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

His injuries are not life threatening, Doll said.

The shots appear to have come from a .45-caliber gun, Doll said.

The incident, an apparent drive-by shooting, occurred just before 8 p.m. Friday at Super Food Store, 37511 Lock St., near 14th Street.

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