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2 hurt in crash on County Road 54 in Pasco; Pasco man shootin' mad after Obama speech, authorities say


2 hurt in 4-car crash on County Road 54

A 74-year-old Zephyrhills man was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with serious injuries after he failed to slow for a red light and caused a four-vehicle accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

James Ivon was heading west on County Road 54 on Monday afternoon when he hit a vehicle that was stopped for a red light at 20th Street. The driver of the stopped vehicle, Dorothy Cole, 51, was taken to Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills with minor injuries.

Cole's car hit two other cars in nearby lanes, officials said. The drivers were not injured. Ivon was charged with running a red light. Tuesday, he was in stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital. WESLEY CHAPEL

DNC speech enraged man, deputies say

The man stood outside his recreational vehicle, yelling and shooting a gun into the air. When Pasco sheriff's deputies confronted him, he ran inside and wouldn't come out.

That started a six-hour standoff at Quail Ridge RV Park late Monday between the man, whose name was not released, and authorities, Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said.

SWAT team units arrived later and surrounded the RV, Doll said. As the situation entered the early hours of Tuesday, SWAT team members fired riot gas into the man's home. He still wouldn't come out, Doll said.

Finally, about 5 a.m., he came out of his RV and was taken into custody.

The cause of his displeasure, Doll said, was Michelle Obama's speech Monday night at the Democratic National Convention.

Doll said the man will undergo a psychological evaluation. Land O'Lakes

Ex-Trinity Oaks teacher moved to Citrus jail

Joel Cupp, the former Trinity Oaks Elementary teacher accused of sexually soliciting children over the Internet, has been transferred to the Citrus County jail, where he is being held without bail. He was at the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes.

Cupp, 29, of New Port Richey, was ensnared in two investigations this summer by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the state Attorney General's Office, in which investigators posing as teenage girls engaged in sexually explicit online chats with Cupp.

He faces three counts of luring or soliciting children to engage in a sex act and a single count of lewd or lascivious exhibition in the Citrus County case. The Attorney General's Office is awaiting results of forensics tests of Cupp's computer before filing additional charges.

Cupp, who taught at the Trinity school for two years, resigned after his arrest Aug. 15.


Lowe's to open by next summer

Home improvement giant Lowe's expects to open its third Pasco store by next summer, representatives said Tuesday. The do-it-yourself retailer plans a 117,000 square-foot store and 31,000 square-foot garden center to be built on one of the last remaining patches of empty land in the area around State Road 54 and U.S. 41. Store representatives said that's the bigger version of its two types of stores, akin to a SuperTarget or a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Site preparation is slated to begin at the end of this year, with construction starting in early 2009, Lowe's spokeswoman Maureen Rich said.

Each of such stores is typically an $18.5-million investment for the company and brings 175 jobs.

It's been about three years since North Carolina-based Lowe's signed a $2.7-million contract for the 52-acre property, smack between Encore RV park and a new fire station that is being built.

Since then, a SuperTarget has opened nearby, at the area where U.S. 41 forks with Dale Mabry Highway. Wal-Mart also expects to open a supercenter next to the SuperTarget by next fall.

Lowe's has two stores in Pasco: It opened one in Zephyrhills in 2005 and another in New Port Richey in 1999.

2 hurt in crash on County Road 54 in Pasco; Pasco man shootin' mad after Obama speech, authorities say 08/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:12pm]
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