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Democrats want GOP to force clerk of courts to quit

COUNTYWIDE

Pasco County Democratic Party Chairwoman Alison Morano urged Republican leaders Wednesday to force Clerk of Circuit Court Jed Pittman to resign before his retirement in November. In a news release, Morano assailed the Republican Pittman's "double dipping" — taking retirement and regular pay at the same time — and less-than-stellar attendance at the office, which he has blamed on health problems. Pittman has defended his approach, saying he often works from home. One top Pasco GOP official, state Sen. Mike Fasano, said only Pittman can decide when to leave office, but he thinks the Democratic Party should question its leaders. Fasano pushed a bill last session to end double dipping, but a leading Democrat, Sen. Al Lawson, successfully fought to stop the bill.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man charged in woman's assault

A Zephyrhills man was arrested Tuesday, accused of head-butting the pregnant mother of his child during a fight over the weekend. Zephyrhills police said 19-year-old Ronald William Schell III also bit Angela Lisr on her chest and picked her up and threw her to the ground repeatedly during the fight Saturday afternoon. Lisr told police she was 41/2 months pregnant. She had scratch marks on both arms and her neck, police said. Schell, of 38619 Charles Ave., was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on a pregnant person. He is being held at the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $1,500 bail.

Teens go from reading to reels

Metamorphosis, the Summer Reading Club for teens, will compete in its Make Your Own Movies Contest at 6 p.m. June 26 at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Call (813) 788-6375.

Pasco deaths

Billetta, Francesco

Digenova, Mary H.

Georgiades, Kaliopi "Kally"

Mares, Fransisca Ruiz

Paulley, Loretta

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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