Deputies seeking more victims of Auto body work
Deputies arrested a man accused of providing bogus auto body work and they are looking for other people who may have been scammed. Nicholas Johnson, 33, of Port Richey was arrested last week on a charge of scheming to defraud. He offered to provide auto body work to three victims, but used only Play-Doh and wax to cover up the damage, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. He claimed he would return the next day to finish the repairs, but never did, deputies said. The Sheriff's Office believes Johnson found his victims by driving around neighborhoods and parking lots, finding people who needed auto body repair and then approaching them. Johnson was released after posting $5,150 bail, but detectives are pursuing leads on other potential victims. Anyone with information may call Detective Bruce Cohen, toll-free, at 1-800-706-2488, ext. 7213.
Pedestrian killed on Little Road
A 55-year-old pedestrian died Tuesday night after being struck by an SUV, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Ronald D. Cook of Hudson was walking east to west within the crosswalk on Little Road at Cricket Street about 7:30 p.m. when he walked into the path of a Chevrolet Suburban heading north during a green traffic light, troopers said. Cook was struck by the front of the Suburban and died at the scene, troopers said. The driver, Bret T. Milliron, 54, of Hudson and a passenger, Sharon Baker-Milliron, 55, were not hurt in the crash.
Principal will serve on interim basis
When Pasco High principal Pat Reedy retires at the end of December, assistant principal Kari Kadlub will take over on an interim basis. Superintendent Kurt Browning announced the move last week, saying he wants more time to ponder exactly how to proceed with the pool of candidates for the job. The district's existing procedures allow for only a handful of people to be considered for principal vacancies in Pasco schools, but Browning has said he wants to open up the field. Kadlub would not have been eligible to lead the school under the old rules because she was not in the district's secondary principal pool. The application deadline for the Pasco High job passed two weeks ago. Three current assistant principals applied: Rich Batchelor (Land O'Lakes High), Robyn White (Wiregrass Ranch High) and Marcy Maxwell (Land O'Lakes High). Browning has not scheduled interviews, pending his review of policy and procedures.
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Thrift shop offers half-off discounts
St. Stephen's Thrift Shop will hold a special half-price sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7-11. Everything in the shop will be sold at 50 percent discount, unless marked otherwise. There will also be a clearance rack with items being sold two for $1. The thrift shop is at 5326 Charles St. Call (727) 846-1378.
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