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Commissioners vote today on $980-million budget


Commissioners vote today on $980M budget

The final public hearing on Pasco County's proposed 2008-09 budget will be at 6:30 p.m. today at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey. The County Commission is expected to approve the $980-million spending plan with few adjustments. The tax rate remains the same, but declining construction and new tax deductions have led to a possible $232-million reduction from this year's budget.


Man convicted of sex abuse of girl

A 48-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a young girl over nine years was found guilty Friday by a jury. Bryan Wados McTier, formerly of San Antonio, was convicted of capital sexual battery and multiple counts of lewd and lascivious battery and lewd and lascivious molestation. Prosecutors said McTier molested the girl, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, from the time she was 5 until she was 14, when she told authorities in 2004. McTier's attorney argued that the physical evidence did not suggest the girl had been abused. McTier faces life in prison and will be sentenced in November.


Two men accused of taking coins

Two men were arrested Sunday and charged with giving away a disabled veteran's coin collection while he was in the hospital. Arthur Scott, 42, asked George Rolfe, 52, a family friend, and Ted Wichrowski, 22, both from New York, to clean his Wesley Chapel home and help him move while he received treatment at University Community Hospital in Tampa, according to Pasco deputies. On Sunday, Scott received a call from a stranger named Sean Rossi, 26, who said Rolfe and Wichrowski gave him 15 gold coins, valued at $450, for helping them set up a television. While interviewing Rolfe and Wichrowski, deputies said they found several more collectors' coins in their pockets. Rolfe and Wichrowski were charged with exploiting the elderly and are at the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bonds.

Pasco deaths

Anderson, Robert C.

De Roche, Marion C.

Dorr, John "Rick"

Groves, Patsy C.

Ketcham, Dorothy Merle

Ketcham, Linda P.

Mancuso, Frank A.

Moore, Donald S.

Morales, Louis

Newcomb, Lewis L. Jr.

Reed, Alexander

Sullivan, Betty Jean

Waz, Henry F.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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