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Three charged with robbing convenience store

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 3, 2000

PORT RICHEY -- Three men were charged Friday in the May 16 armed robbery of a Smart Mart convenience store on State Road 52.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested Michael Joseph Jablonski, 19, and Paul John Rogers, 20, both of Port Richey, and Justin Scott DeWar, 18, of Spring Hill.

Deputies said Jablonski and DeWar entered the store at 7820 SR 52 at about 8:20 p.m. May 16. Jablonski told deputies he was armed with a pellet gun, and DeWar was carrying a pistol.

According to a deputy's report, one of the men grabbed a clerk and threatened her at gunpoint. The clerk handed the man about $600 in cash, and both men fled the store in a 1991 silver Honda Accord driven by Rogers and co-owned by DeWar.

As Rogers drove through the Gulf Highlands subdivision, Jablonski threw his gun into the woods and DeWar threw his weapon into a retention pond in the back of the subdivision, according to deputies.

The men also split up the cash. Jablonski got about $300 and DeWar about $250, according to deputies. Rogers told deputies he collected about $70, then got out and let DeWar and Jablonski drive away.

When arrested, all three admitted to robbing the store. Each man is being held at Land O'Lakes Detention Center on $10,000 bail.

Grocery store worker charged in theft

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A Publix cashier was charged with grand theft on Thursday after Pasco County sheriff's deputies say she pocketed more than $5,000 in fraudulent refunds from the store during an eight-month period.

Jill Helane Weller, 53, admitted taking $5,651.19 from the Publix Supermarket at 7241 State Road 54 in New Port Richey, according to the report.

Weller, who lives in New Port Richey, was booked at Land O'Lakes Detention Center and released after posting $5,000 bail.

Woman shoots dog in chicken coop

HUDSON -- A woman shot a Dalmatian on Wednesday morning after the dog got into her backyard chicken coop on Woodland Drive in Hudson and killed about 30 chickens and one turkey, Pasco County sheriff's deputies said.

Lila Frazier, 67, told deputies she heard barking around 6 a.m., went outdoors with her M-1 carbine rifle and found a Dalmatian killing her chickens. When the dog began to growl and bark at her, she fired two rounds, which both struck the dog in the head.

Deputies said the dog, a 4-year-old named Velvedere that belonged to a neighbor, was alive when they arrived.

Velvedere belonged to Glenn Anonietti, a self-employed mechanic who lives several houses down from Frazier. Deputies led Anonietti to the coop, where he retrieved his dog and took it to a veterinarian on Little Road.

Anonietti, 36, said the dog had escaped at about midnight Wednesday through an open door. He said a veterinarian humanely destroyed the dog on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities look for leads in car fire

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies are seeking a suspect who set fire to an unoccupied new Ford Mustang on Sea Forest Drive at 3:50 a.m. Thursday. The blaze ignited a 30-foot patch of brush near the car, according to a deputy's report.

Pasco County Fire Investigator Larry Whitten said the fire was set intentionally. According to Whitten, the blaze started in the front passenger-side floorboard, worked its way around the vehicle and into the engine, then spread into the surrounding woods.

Firefighters extinguished the fire before it could spread further, but the Mustang burned so intensely that its aluminum rims melted, according to the deputies' report.

Deputies collected two partially full beer cans and the remains of a spent firework as evidence.

Deputies said the license plate was from Pasco County, but the plate number and vehicle identification number had melted off.

Woman charged with neglecting boy, 3

HOLIDAY -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies charged a Holiday woman with child abuse and neglect on Thursday after she admitted leaving a 3-year-old boy unsupervised for hours with no way to contact an adult.

Lisa Y. Hood, a 31-year-old certified nursing assistant, told police that during the past 30 to 40 days, she had left the child alone during the day while she was at work from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Deputies said Hood's house, at 3444 Kimberly Oak Drive, was in disarray, with rotting food in the refrigerator. The child had been left alone for two hours on Thursday, according to the report.

Hood was booked at the Land O'Lakes Detention Center and held on $5,000 bail.

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