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Inmate hurt in jail fight

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2000


One inmate is missing part of his ear and another inmate faces a charge of aggravated battery after the two got into a fight at the county jail Sunday.

Ronald S. Alloway Jr., 23, of 1441 Diane St., Spring Hill, is accused of biting off part of the other inmate's ear after the other inmate, Jason A. Smith, 18, of 5709 Chapman Drive, New Port Richey, threw water on him, a Hernando County sheriff's report said.

According to the report, the men were in their cell when Smith threw water on Alloway as he tried to draw a picture. In retaliation, the report said, Alloway walked up to Smith, head-butted him, punched him, bit off part his ear and spit it onto the floor.

Smith was given medical attention, and Alloway was charged with aggravated battery on a detainee.

Alloway remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $55,500 bail. Before the incident, he was being held in jail in lieu of $55,000 bail on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Authorities say Alloway is one of four men who robbed a jewelry store owner of $250,000 worth of gold and diamonds outside his Spring Hill home in February.

Brooksville man accused of violating probation

A Brooksville man convicted of a 1981 murder in Alaska will have to return to that state because authorities say he violated his probation.

Derwin Joseph Clark, 48, of 15549 Cortez Blvd., Lot 26, remained in Hernando County Jail on Thursday awaiting extradition. Details of how Clark violated his probation were not available.

According to records, Clark was convicted of second-degree murder after he got into a fight with a man at a music festival in Chitina, Alaska, on July 25, 1981. Clark shot the man, killing him. His lawyers argued he was incompetent to stand trial and said he suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Hernando County sheriff's officials arrested Clark at a local probation office Wednesday without incident. The warrant accused Clark of being a fugitive from justice.

Fire starts in kitchen of Village Pizza

Officials are investigating a fire at Village Pizza in Spring Hill.

According to a Hernando County sheriff's report, the fire started at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday in the kitchen of the business, 4070 Deltona Blvd., after someone left the ovens open, with pizza boxes stuffed inside them. A rear door was found unlocked.

The store owner, Guiseppe "Joe" Crescimanno, said the store had been locked when he left the night before but added that it was store policy to keep the ovens on overnight to shorten the preheating process the next day. The fire marshal's investigation is pending.

A Village Pizza recording states it will reopen today.

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