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Woman arrested for threatening to kill husband

Zephyrhills, Florida -- A Zephyrhills woman was arrested Friday after her husband told police she threatened to kill him while pointing a gun at him.

Pasco Sheriff's deputies say Jennifer Wilson held a loaded Glock 17 handgun in her hand and pointed it at her husband, Tracy, and said, "I should shoot you". Tracy then grabbed the gun out of her hand and put it in his pocket until police arrived.

When deputies spoke with Wilson she told them she did point the gun at her husband but didn't have her finger on the trigger.

Man sells fake meth to undercover officer

Hudson, Florida -- A New Port Richey man was arrested July 2 after he sold what he told an undercover deputy was meth, but actually wasn't.

The Pasco Sheriff's undercover deputy reported Randy Petersilge, II offered to sell the deputy a quarter ounce of methamphetamine. After the deputy bought the crystal-like substance for $450, an FDLE examination of the substance revealed it actually contained no controlled substances.

Petersilge, II was charged with sale of a counterfeit controlled substance.

Pasco man accused of abusing 4-year-old

New Port Richey, Florida - A 25-year-old Pasco man has been arrested, accused of abusing his girlfriend's child.

Investigators say they arrested Dennis D. Salehi and charged him with Child Abuse. 

Daycare workers noticed a handprint on the 4-year-old girl's face and a mark on her eye. The little girl told investigators that her mother's live-in boyfriend Dennis "is mean to me."

Detectives say the child also had extensive bruising and injuries to her backside.

Teen accused of sexual battering, molesting 7-year-old

Hudson, Florida -- A Pasco high school student was arrested Friday morning on allegations he sexually battered and molested a 7-year-old boy three times over a 6-month span.

The boy told Pasco Sheriff's detectives the 15-year-old engaged him in "sexual things" between November 2012 and May 2013 at a home in Hudson.

In an interview with detectives, the teen reportedly admitted to having sexual contact with the boy.

The teen was arrested and charged with involuntary sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation.

3-year-old found wandering alone late Sunday night

New Port Richey, Florida -- The parents of a 3-year-old child were arrested on child neglect charges after police say their toddler was found wandering around alone around 10:30 Sunday night.

Pasco Sheriff's deputies say Jennifer and Kenneth Ross were drunk on beer when they arrived at their home 5900 block of Chicory Court.

Deputies reported Jennifer and Kenneth "appeared to have no worries" when they told them their child was found walking down a different street about 12 houses away. The child's clothes were also soaking wet and had a diaper full of urine.

Man gets 35 years for killing former landlady

NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for strangling his former landlady and setting fire to her house.

A Pasco County judge sentenced 49-year-old Charles Edward Dear on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree arson and other charges.

27,000 videos of child porn found in man's home

Zephyrhills, Florida - A Zephyrhills man has been arrested on numerous counts of child porn possession after over 20,000 videos were found at his home.

Multiple police agencies, along with the FDLE's Tampa Bay Cyber Crime Task Force and Homeland Security, recently served a warrant at 39-year-old Billy-Jim Herrington's home in the 38100 block of 7th Avenue.

"I opened up the door first thing this morning getting ready to go to work and I see all these cars lined up over here and I'm like what in the world is going on," said Cynthia Bauer, who lives a block away.