Developer files for bankruptcy protection
The developer of Ashley Glen, the proposed 1.8-million-square-foot office complex at State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway, filed this week for bankruptcy protection to halt foreclosure proceedings on the 260-acre property. Mercantile Bank began foreclosure proceedings Feb. 26 against Ashley Glen LLC, development company JES Properties and owner Doug Weiland, saying he owes $21.5 million on a $24 million loan. The filing came after Weiland missed an interest payment in January. But on Thursday, Ashley Glen and another development entity, Riverwood LLC — both owned by JES Properties and Weiland — filed Chapter 11 petitions in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida. Weiland, who is from Clearwater, did not return a call Friday for comment.
Ex-husband jailed in violent attack
A man named Love is in jail after authorities said he broke into his ex-wife's home, chased her across the street and beat her, then carried her back home and beat her some more, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Joe W. Love, 42, of 4716 Windy Lane in Zephyrhills, was arrested Thursday and is charged with burglary with assault, domestic battery, criminal mischief and intimidating a witness. As of Friday, he was being held without bail at the county jail. The report said Love got inside the home by breaking a sliding glass door and broke down a bathroom door, where the woman was hiding. When she tried to call 911, the report said, Love took the cell phone and broke it in half.
July 4 meal thanks homeless veterans
Looking to give a little to those who have given so much, St. Jude's Church and Odessa AmVets Post 9 are hosting a Fourth of July barbecue for homeless veterans and their families, as well as anyone else who needs a meal. The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. July 4 at the church, 2245 Old Gunn Highway (just south of State Road 54). "We know that these veterans put their lives in danger when they went to war for this great nation and the least we can do is show them some gratitude and kindness for theirs and their families' sacrifices," said the Rev. Morson Livingston, who is organizing the event. For information or to help with the event, call (813) 951-2288 or (813) 345-8755.