Commissioner to be cited in scrap over well
City Commissioner Camille Hernandez and two other property owners will be issued a citation for having illegal wells on their property, although the matter could be resolved before the court date for the citation, city staff said Tuesday. Hernandez's husband, David, sent the city a letter on Friday saying the well was legally placed on the couple's Bougainvillea Avenue property before the city banned private wells in 1982. Robert Avila, who ran unsuccessfully for the commission in 2008, said his wells are also there legally. City staff said they would research his and Hernandez's claims between now and the April 9 court date. If they are found in violation of the city's ban on private wells, Hernandez and Avila could face a fine of up to $500.
Sidewalk rule idea gets cool reception
A proposal that would penalize people whose parked cars block the sidewalks appears to be headed nowhere. The proposed ordinance, which had its first public hearing Tuesday, got a cool reception from Pasco commissioners, who said it would be difficult to enforce and would punish homeowners with short driveways. "It's not an easy fix," said Commissioner Jack Mariano. The hearing drew only a handful of people. The ordinance came as a result of complaints that elderly and handicapped residents were having to maneuver around cars that blocked the sidewalks. Even though they had no support for the proposal, commissioners decided to take the ordinance to a second hearing, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the historic courthouse in Dade City.
Woman accused of shotgun threat
Susan N. Robbins pointed a shotgun at the feet of her on-again, off-again boyfriend and fired, hitting the dirt 6 inches from his toes, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Robbins, 48, told deputies that Jackson L. Prescott, 58, "had a long history of abusing and lying" and she didn't want the new woman in his life to get hurt. The shooting happened Monday afternoon outside Prescott's home on Louise Drive. Prescott – who served five stints in prison on several convictions of grand theft and aggravated battery (one on a pregnant woman) – was not hurt, but told a deputy a pellet ricocheted and cut his horse's leg. When deputies asked Robbins why she shot at him, she replied: "Stupidity." Robbins, who is unemployed and lives at 8241 Cass Road in Zephyrhills, is charged with aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in public. She remained in the Pasco County Jail without bail. This is her first arrest in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.