Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Driver dies after crash on campus of Hudson hospital

LAND O'LAKES

Missing monkey mystery solved; Doc is captured

The missing monkey mystery has been solved. Gene Kotelman, 36, a traveling barbecue vendor, called the Times late Friday to say it was his monkey that got lost in the woods near Gower's Corner the day before. Kotelman said the 2-year-old mccaque named Doc Holiday slipped his leash as Kotelman walked from the Hess station at U.S. 41 and State Road 52. At daybreak, he saw Doc under a thorn bush. He tossed M&Ms at the monkey, then pretended to be feeding the M&Ms to another monkey in his shirt. Kotelman has two other monkeys, he said, Cody and Uncle Sam, who get jealous easily. When Doc came to investigate, Kotelman grabbed him. He said he knows why Doc was hiding. "He knew he was in trouble. He didn't want his little butt spanked."

HUDSON

Motorist dies after crash near hospital

A 66-year-old man died Friday afternoon after his pickup truck crashed on the campus of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Henry Claude Manion of Dunedin lost control of his truck after suffering an "emergency medical event" while driving on Medical Drive about 2 p.m., according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. He was taken inside the hospital, where he later died. The report did not indicate whether Manion was on his way to the hospital or leaving or what kind of medical problem he experienced. The incident is under investigation.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Starkey chosen for humanities council

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed former Pasco County School Board member Kathryn Starkey to the Florida Humanities Council, which helps promote programs that explore Florida's history and culture. It is governed by a 25-member board of directors, six appointed by the governor. Starkey, 54, was elected to the School Board in 2004 before losing a campaign for the state House in 2010. Her term on the humanities council ends Jan. 1, 2015.

PORT RICHEY

Noise rule will get new first reading

The Port Richey City Council will conduct another first reading of a noise ordinance next week after a legal ruling voided a previous vote. On March 27, the City Council approved a first reading of an ordinance that included changes such as measuring decibel levels 50 feet from the source of a sound, instead of from the property line. During the first hearing, amid opposition from local bar owners and musicians, the council struck a major portion of the new ordinance that would have mandated businesses to obtain live entertainment permits with the city. Now the city's attorney, Joseph Poblick, has ruled that since that section was deleted in its entirety, it affected the title of the ordinance, which means the council will need to vote on it again with its new title, according to Port Richey city clerk Tammy Schuck. If it's approved, the council will hold a second and final reading of the ordinance two weeks later. Since Tuesday is election day, the council's regular meeting has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

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Pasco Letters to the Editor for Jan. 19

Re: Walking leads to shocking catalogue of trash | Jan. 12 column Bring back anti-littering campaignJust came back from the beautiful, clean city of Singapore, where there is a $1,000 fine, plus community service for littering. I think a presiden...
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Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable harm’ from sex abuse

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable harm’ from sex abuse

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Chur...
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Some fear Spa Beach billowing net sculpture could catch birds and storms

Some fear Spa Beach billowing net sculpture could catch birds and storms

By WAVENEY ANN MOORETimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — International artist Janet Echelman may have fulfilled her $75,000 feasibility contract with the city and previewed her billowing, parasol-inspired sculpture for Spa Beach, but for some, key ques...
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Florida boy, 6, dies of rabies contracted from a bat

ORLANDO — A 6-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat.The father of Ryker Roque told NBC that the boy died Sunday at an Orlando hospital.Father Henry Roque said he had found a sick bat, put it ...
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Pasco man fatally struck on Interstate 70 in Kansas

SALINA, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Florida man died after he was hit by a car as he walked along Interstate 70 near Salina.The patrol says 35-year-old Cody Nordlund of New Port Richey died Sunday night.He was walking in an eastbound lane...
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North Korea calls Trump a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘loser’ in response to nuclear button tweet

North Korea calls Trump a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘loser’ in response to nuclear button tweet

North Korea’s official news agency responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s controversial "nuclear button tweet," describing it as the "the spasm of a lunatic," according to AP."The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental st...
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Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

The sunny skies and warmer temperatures that took hold on Martin Luther King Day will extend into Tuesday across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area They will last only a day, however, as the region will see a shor...
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The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• It will actually warm up just a tad before another cold front arrives and sweeps east across the Gulf coast. Tuesday’s highs will be in the 70s but expect cooler temperatures...
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Pasco plans industrial site on utility property

Pasco plans industrial site on utility property

DADE CITY – Commissioner Jack Mariano remembers the message from economist William Fruth.Just seven months after Mariano joined the commission in 2004, Fruth, of Palm City, told the county’s elected and appointed officials that Pasco should explore d...
Published: 01/16/18
From the food editor: Recipe for warm, cozy Pita Ribollita soup

From the food editor: Recipe for warm, cozy Pita Ribollita soup

When I first made this soup, Florida was in the grips of a cold weather snap, the likes of which rarely happens in this part of the state. We’re talking a whole week of lows in the 30s. The 30s! It was everything I ever wanted and more — the rare win...
Published: 01/16/18