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Council gives Sims Park alcohol sales a one-year tryout


Alcohol sales in Sims Park get 1-year tryout

City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday evening to allow nonprofit groups to sell wine and beer at Sims Park and around Orange Lake during special events, helping those groups raise more money. But under a compromise brokered by council member Rob Marlowe, the measure will sunset in one year, giving the city a chance to see how it works before making anything permanent. Alcohol sales will be limited to six events a year, instead of the 12 originally proposed, winning the support of council member Bob Consalvo. Council member Marilynn deChant, who voted against the measure, said alcohol sales are inappropriate for the park and residents don't want it.


Another arrest in purse-snatching

Lisa Michelle Dillard drove the getaway car after Steven Cruz grabbed a woman's purse outside a TJ Maxx store last Wednesday evening, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says. The purse-snatching became a murder case when the woman, 62-year-old Linda Roma, died from bleeding in her brain after falling and striking her head on the pavement during the robbery. Over the weekend, Cruz, 38, was charged with first-degree murder and Dillard was picked up on a warrant for violating her probation. Now Dillard, 39, has been charged in this incident with strong arm robbery/accessory after the fact. She is being held without bail in the Land O'Lakes jail. The report says both Dillard and Cruz admitted involvement in the incident — but both also said Dillard didn't know about Cruz's plan to steal the purse.


Grenade in garage found to be a dud

A woman cleaning out her father-in-law's garage in Gulf Harbors on Monday found a World War II-era grenade, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported. Joanna Oldaker found the device in the Rudder Way home of Paul Walter, who now lives in a nursing home, the report says. A deputy inspected the grenade, which had the pin still in place, and called for support. A Hillsborough bomb specialist noticed several components were missing, suggesting it was no longer functional.

Pasco deaths

Ayers, Justin Heath

Beggs, Ivy M.

Clinger, Richard

Daly, Julie

Dicks, Harry T.

Holden, Ellis D. "Ed"

Mills, Jeffery

Phillips, Anita K. "Nita"

Sylvia, Evelyn

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Council gives Sims Park alcohol sales a one-year tryout 11/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 20, 2008 8:12pm]
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