Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Diesel spilled near Pasco 911 dispatch disrupts workers

LAND O'LAKES

Former schools administrator resigns job

Former Pasco schools assistant superintendent Ray Gadd, who once was considered a possible contender for the district's top job, has resigned as CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, effective Nov. 30. His move comes amid widespread speculation that Gadd, who strongly backed Kurt Browning's bid to oust superintendent Heather Fiorentino, might be headed back to a district post. Gadd, 55, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, has acknowledged in the past that the talk is growing louder that he might be returning. But neither he nor Browning, who faces only write-in opposition in the November general election, would confirm that. "I haven't finalized my team yet," Browning said Tuesday. He acknowledged Gadd's availability, but said only that he would not announce a planned leadership team for several weeks. Gadd worked for the school district for 28 years, including five years as assistant superintendent. His dismissal in 2009 was met with disapproval and anger in many circles, including the School Board, which has no authority to appoint district personnel. A couple of months after leaving the district, Gadd took the reins at Gulf Coast Jewish, one of the bay area's largest nonprofit social welfare agencies. That agency's tax records show Gadd earned $207,737 in salary and benefits.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Diesel spilled near 911 dispatch office

Workers were briefly interrupted Tuesday morning when a diesel spill behind the county's 911 dispatch offices inundated the building with fumes. At about 10:30 a.m., someone overfilled a county-owned vehicle at the fuel depot behind the West Pasco Government Center, said Annette Doying, director of Emergency Management. The vehicle was driven through an alley behind the dispatch building while 3 to 5 gallons of fuel drizzled out, she said. Air conditioning units outside the building sucked in the fumes and blew them through indoor vents, making some workers nauseated and light-headed, Doying said. They took turns standing outside. No one needed medical attention. Fire rescue arrived, opened the building's doors and used industrial fans to clear the fumes. They used fire hoses to wash the remaining spill down a storm drain in the alley.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Suspect may have changed looks

When Vanessa Musson was last arrested in June, her booking mug showed her with long, wavy brown hair. Authorities believe she may have recently dyed her hair "bleach blond" and may have cut her hair — all to change her appearance now that deputies are searching for her. Musson, 26, is the third suspect in the brutal beating and robbery of a Moon Lake man on Friday. Deputies have already arrested Bobbie Jo Curtis, 40, and her son, Bryan Curtis, 16. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Musson may have firearms from the victim's home and may be driving his 2000 white Econoline van, tag number 366TQH. Deputies said Musson is dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information may call (727) 844-7711.

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