NEW PORT RICHEY
armed man robs ymca before it opens
A masked man with a handgun robbed the YMCA at U.S. 19 and Main Street in New Port Richey on Friday morning. The holdup happened about 5:30, a few minutes before members usually begin lining up outside, waiting for the gym to open at 6. The assailant wore gloves, according to the New Port Richey Police Department. Authorities haven't said how the thief got inside the building, as the case is still under investigation. The robber got an undisclosed amount of money and ran outside. Anyone who might have seen something suspicious is asked to call the New Port Richey Police Department at (727) 816-1130. A staff member was not injured in the robbery and returned to work Friday afternoon, said Scott Goyer, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast, which includes west Pasco.
Three beaches get health warnings
As if the rainy forecast wasn't enough, here's another reason to avoid the beaches this Memorial Day weekend: Health officials posted water advisories at three beaches this week after tests showed high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. The advisories went up at Hudson beach, officially known as Robert J. Strickland Beach; Green Key Beach, officially known as Robert K. Rees Beach; and Gulf Harbors Beach. Exposure to the bacteria can cause human disease, infections or rashes. According to the Pasco County Health Department, the water at all three beaches poses "a potential health risk to the bathing public."
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