City hosts 85th anniversary celebration
The city's 85th anniversary will be celebrated today at Waterfront Park on Old Post Road. Arts-and-crafts booths, clowns, a bounce house and a dunk tank will be open to the public from 3 to 9 p.m., ending with fireworks. Save room for food, drinks and cake.
Vehicular homicide convict back in jail
A Port Richey man who was convicted of vehicular homicide in 2006 was arrested Friday for violating his probation. Richard W. Zwack was 19 when he lost control of his car while driving at 90 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone in April 2006. The Dodge Neon collided with utility poles, mailboxes, a fence and a parked car in Tarpon Springs. Steven Corso, 16, of Pasco County died when he was ejected from the vehicle. Three other passengers were seriously injured. Zwack was convicted of vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury. In addition to the prison time, he received 13 years of probation, court records show. Zwack, now 23, spent 15 months in state prison before being released in March 2008. He was arrested on a warrant, according to an arrest report. It was not clear Friday how he violated his probation. On Friday afternoon, he was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.
Man arrested after hatchet chase
A deputy driving past George & Gladys' Bar-B-Que on U.S. 301 Thursday spotted a man armed with a hatchet who was chasing a woman, authorities said. The deputy stopped. The suspect — Kevin W. Spruill, a 42-year-old who has served eight stints in prison — tried to run from the deputy but was caught, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Spruill "was held at gunpoint and was convinced to drop the hatchet," the report said. Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said the victim was Spruill's 51‑year‑old ex-girlfriend. She went to a friend's house and Spruill saw her, got into her car, refused to get out and punched her in the face, Doll said. The woman stopped the car at the barbecue joint, where she ran and Spruill chased her. Doll said the woman was not hit with the hatchet. Spruill was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic assault and violation of a domestic violence injunction. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Spruill has been in prison on numerous convictions — grand theft, escape, robbery, cocaine possession, burglary — with his first stint in 1985 when he was 18. Spruill, who told authorities he lives at 19228 U.S. 301 in Dade City, is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
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