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18-year-old critically injured in fight

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 14, 2001


NEW PORT RICHEY -- An early morning fight left a teen hospitalized and another teen charged with aggravated battery, police said.

New Port Richey police said Nicholas Whytsell and Steve Caron, both 18, got into a fight shortly before 3 a.m. Authorities did not release the location of the fight.

During the fight, Whytsell punched Caron in the head and Caron fell to the ground, said police. Whytsell hit and kicked Caron into unconsciousness and continued to pummel him even after he was unresponsive, a report said.

Whytsell eventually picked Caron up and drove him to a house on Illinois Avenue, where he dumped him on the front doorstep. Police said Whytsell rang the doorbell of the residence and ran. Caron was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was in critical condition Sunday.

Whytsell was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.

He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the county jail in Land O'Lakes.

Man charged with neglect

LUTZ -- A 21-year-old man was charged with child neglect Saturday after the boy he was caring for wandered into the median on U.S. 41, deputies said.

According to a Pasco County sheriff's report, Lewis E. Hummel of 19039 Dove Road, Land O'Lakes, was temporarily caring for a 2-year-old boy at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

Hummel fell asleep while watching television with the toddler, the report said.

The boy walked outside and wandered onto U.S. 41. Witnesses said the boy was in the road's median.

Hummel was held at the county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Man faces charges in two incidents

TRILBY -- A Dade City man was arrested on several charges early Sunday when deputies stopped him for a traffic violation.

Huey Ray Sweet was wanted for armed burglary, aggravated assault, simple battery, grand theft and home invasion robbery stemming from a May 3 incident.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies said Sweet broke into Teresa Sutton's home and stole seven rings. Sweet pointed a gun at Sutton and punched another man in the jaw during the robbery, a report said.

Sweet was also wanted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Deputies said he had two shotguns and a rifle on April 24; Sweet told deputies that he was going to sell them to raise jail bond money for Sutton, who was his girlfriend at the time.

Sweet, who has no permanent address, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Sunday after deputies chased him in his car through an empty parking lot, and on foot. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the county jail in Land O'Lakes.

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