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."
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.
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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.
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.