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Briefs: Body found may be accidental drowning victim, deputies say

NEW PORT RICHEY

Body of possible drowning victim found

A man's body was found about noon Monday in a retention pond at a Trouble Creek Road apartment complex. The Sheriff's Office said it appeared he drowned accidentally. His name was not released pending notification of family members. Residents at the Summer Trace apartment community said the man, described as a white male about 20 years old, had been fishing at the pond Sunday night.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Wandering boy's father is charged

Sheriff's deputies charged a man with child neglect after they found his 5-year-old son wandering along a busy road a half-mile from his apartment on Saturday. John Sikorski, 29, of 2410 Hillary Crest St., Apartment 106, was found passed out on his bathroom floor about 6 p.m., according to a Pasco sheriff's report. Sikorski told deputies he felt dizzy and collapsed after crushing Xanax and Oxycodone pills and snorting them. He admitted to a drug problem that resulted from being on the prescriptions for an ankle injury, the report said. A deputy found the boy and kept him for an hour while trying to find a parent. Neighbors were able to tell the deputy the apartment building where the father lived and the car he drives because of "prior related incidents," the report said. The deputy ran a computer search on Sikorski's car tag to find his exact address. Deputies arrested Sikorski and took him to the county jail in Land O'Lakes. The report did not mention whether the boy had a mother or where deputies took him after the arrest.

COUNTYWIDE

School candidates' spots are secured

Though the date to officially qualify for the August ballot remains a month away, most of the candidates for School Board and superintendent have secured their spot by collecting enough signatures from voters. Three candidates in the nonpartisan School Board District 2 race — Kurt Conover, Peter Hanzel and Joann Hurley — collected the 2,632 signatures required by last week's deadline. So did superintendent Heather Fiorentino, a Republican, and her Democratic challenger Steve Donaldson. Neither School Board District 4 incumbent Kathryn Starkey nor superintendent aspirant Michelle Rehm, an independent, submitted petitions. But they can still qualify for the ballot by paying a fee: $5,480.80 to run for School Board, $8,184.24 to run for superintendent.

Pasco deaths

Duffy, Philip C.

St. Louis, Joseph J.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Briefs: Body found may be accidental drowning victim, deputies say 05/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:51pm]
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