Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Democrat files in race for Pasco property appraiser

countywide

Democrat files for Property Appraiser race

A Democrat who filed papers Friday to run for Pasco property appraiser would be the first woman to hold that office. Allison Newlon, 41, said she became a candidate after being asked by the county Democratic Party. A Realtor from San Antonio, Newlon said she would like to use technology to improve service at the property appraiser's office. For example, she wants to let residents file applications for homestead exemptions online. Though she's a Democrat, Newlon is no stranger to Republicans. She's hosted a fundraiser for state Senate candidate Wilton Simpson of Trilby. She's also married to a Republican, San Antonio city Commissioner Tim Newlon. She faces long odds to win the job. Mike Wells has been property appraiser since 1996 and has raised $37,000 toward his fifth term. Wells faces 30-year-old Walter Price of Land O'Lakes in the August GOP primary. "It's an elected position," Newlon said. "It's meant to change hands every so often. Maybe now is the 'so often.'"

DADE CITY

Sexual predator gets life sentence

Brian Torres Sr., convicted last month of sexually abusing three minors, was sentenced Friday to life in prison. A jury found Torres, 40, guilty of capital felony sexual battery as well as five lesser counts of abuse. In handing down the life sentence, Circuit Judge Susan Gardner said the law gave her no leeway on the capital conviction. Torres, who is from Tampa, also received a 25-year sentence for first degree felony sexual activity with a minor as well as two 15-year sentences and two 10-year sentences on the lesser charges. Gardner denied his attorney's requests for a new trial as well as his request that he be allowed to remain out on bail pending an appeal. Authorities said the incidents involved victims that Torres knew happened sometime between 1998 and 2006. Torres said nothing during the sentencing. His aunt called him "a hard-working, good-hearted" person. One of the victims testified that her life was "a complete downfall" and that she has trouble socializing as a result of the abuse.

palm harbor

Free college and financial aid fair

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host a college and financial aid fair from 10 a.m. to noon today at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St. The free event will feature representatives from regional colleges, local career education and technical training schools and the service academies. The fair will include breakout sessions with admissions officers from the University of Florida, financial aid experts from St. Petersburg College and representatives from the military service academies. For information contact Bilirakis' Palm Harbor office at (727) 773-2871.

Note to readers:

For the latest crime listings, go to pasco.tampabay.com and click "Weekly crime report."

Times staff

Democrat files in race for Pasco property appraiser 03/16/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012 7:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  4. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
  5. Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter

    Blogs

    Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle