Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

A recap of the week's news, in the words of the newsmakers

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"I still play it through my mind a lot. I dream about it when I sleep. But I'll be all right."

Pasco sheriff's Deputy Brent Taber after being released from the hospital. He was treated for an infection in a severe arm wound, the result of an attack by a pit bulldog. Taber shot and killed the dog.

"As an educator . . . I am extremely aware that our students are a captive audience. I appreciate the board thinking about what we subject our students to, especially speakers."

Lynne Webb, president of the United School Employees of Pasco, after the School Board rejected requests from political groups to speak to Gulf High School students. The groups had been upset that a Democratic Party group managed to do just that.

"At the beginning of negotiations last spring it was a challenge to gain approval from our sisters. Today everyone is on board, and some are more excited than others about a new residence."

Sister Roberta Bailey, prioress for the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, on the sale of the Holy Name Monastery and five other buildings to Saint Leo University.

"He had alienated so many people that I knew this day would come. He would come in and tell people here's how we are going to fix this, instead of asking for input to find a solution."

Real estate broker Greg Armstrong, who also runs the Rotary Christmas Parade, commenting on the resignation of New Port Richey City Manager John Schneiger.

"You've got a prescription for making a lot of people unhappy as you clean up these issues and he became a lightning rod. He stepped on a lot of toes, but those toes needed to be stepped on."

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe after Schneiger resigned.

I believe there's a devil. But I didn't think the devil was walking around on Earth. But that's what she is. She's the devil."

Joseph Bruno, 44, who met Bobbie Jo Curtis through an Internet dating service and allowed her to stay at his home in Moon Lake. Authorities say Curtis, 40, tried to kill him.

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SRO being investigated in Pasco County for arrest of student

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