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Attorney who was released early heads back to jail


lawyer released from jail early turns herself in

Disbarred attorney Jessica Miller turned herself in to the county jail on Friday, just as a judge had ordered her to do. A judge sentenced Miller to 90 days in jail for indirect criminal contempt of court back in July for ignoring his commands to appear at a court hearing. But a jail employee entered the wrong date in the computer, giving Miller an extra month she didn't actually serve. So when she was released Aug. 6, she had served just 43 days. Her new attorney, Norman Cannella Sr., tried to get Circuit Judge Shawn Crane to give Miller more time to turn herself in. "I made a suggestion that she do it sometime next week," Cannella told the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday. "That suggestion was thrashed." If prosecutors don't fight the 15 days in gain time Miller will get from the jail, she should only spend another month behind bars.


Parks department gets top honors

The Florida Recreation and Park Association has named the city's parks department one of the top in the state. New Port Richey's Parks and Recreation Department was recognized as the most outstanding among Florida cities with populations of 35,000 or less. The association bases its awards on a number of factors, from aquatics programs to cultural programs to citizen involvement. The association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation and advocacy of parks and recreation. It has a membership base of 2,100. The award was presented to Elaine Smith, the city's parks and recreation director, at the association's annual awards banquet last month.


Judge returning to local circuit

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Michael F. Andrews will be back in New Port Richey starting Jan. 5. Andrews was a former prosecutor appointed to county judge in Pinellas in 1997. Then, in 2003, then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him to the circuit bench, making Andrews the first black judge in Pasco circuit court. He presided over felony criminal court in the West Pasco Judicial Center until 2005 and will again in 2009. Andrews is currently overseeing family court in the Pinellas circuit. In 2007 he received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice's Distinguished Judicial Service Award for outstanding public service. Pasco County's first black judge is County Judge Debra Roberts, whom Bush appointed in 2001.

Pasco deaths

Fretwell, Richard F.

Gonzalez-Perez, Herminia

Jensen, Jeanne A.

Lamb, Donald L.

Matheson, Robert W.

Meiers, Margaret "Marge"

Newberger, Charlotte E.

Rydstedt, Alfred

Swiger, Barbara J.

Witzell, William D. "Bill"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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