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Driver hits shop, mows down toys
A driver crashed into an auto repair shop early Saturday, plowing into a heap of playthings collected for Toys for Tots. The Ice Cold Air shop at 3508 U.S. 19, near Moog Road, is now extending its toy collection drive through Wednesday in the hopes of receiving new toys to replace the damaged donations. "We've had a tremendous turnout this year with Toys for Tots and we were saddened by the … incident that impacted the collected toys for this location," said company president Robin Hughes. "I believe that supporting this great program can make a big difference in the lives of hundreds or even thousands of children." Ice Cold Air will continue to offer a free oil change at this location to anyone who donates a new toy by Wednesday. For information call toll-free 1-800-838-2653 or visit www.icecoldair.net.
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Stranger claims to boys he's a cop
Two boys at Richey Elementary told authorities that a man approached them at their bus stop Friday morning and asked them questions, claiming to be a police officer. The boys, ages 6 and 8, reported seeing the man at a stop at Van Doren and Gulf drives. He spoke in a froggy voice and had a "crooked-twisted face," the kids said, according to a Sheriff's Office report. He asked them where they live and how old they are, and after identifying himself as a police officer, said they should notify him if they have any problems. He has not been identified. The students described him as a slender white man wearing a gray hoodie and red sweat pants covering a pair of jeans. He was between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and had a slight beard.
City manager's contract discussed
The Port Richey City Council met Monday evening to discuss City Manager Richard Reade's performance after one year on the job and consider renewing his contract. For coverage visit www.pasco.tampabay.com.
Bandy, John E.
Gallarello, Gloria M.
Heikkinen, Vicki L.
Holmes, Joseph D.
Pickering, Mary Ellen
Roach, James Patrick
This list is from detailed obituaries which are published in Section B.