NEW PORT RICHEY
Ex-commander applies to fill white's job
Kim Bogart, a former commander at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, has joined the field of contenders for the sheriff's job. He has sent his application to the governor seeking appointment to the post after Sheriff Bob White retires April 30. Bogart, 58, a Democrat who mounted an unsuccessful campaign in 2008 to unseat the Republican sheriff, also has filed paperwork to run for the seat in 2012. Bogart acknowledged that appointments usually are partisan, "but to not apply sends the wrong message to my supporters. I think my experience deserves consideration by the governor.'' The others who have applied for the appointment include Maj. Chris Nocco, 35, who oversees the law enforcement operations at the Sheriff's Office; Maj. Brian Head, 46, who directs operations at the county jail; and Roger Joseph Fortney, 58, who served as a corporal in the Sheriff's Office from 1989 to 2009. All are registered Republicans.
Woman hit by SUV in parking lot dies
A 65-year-old woman has died after injuries she suffered earlier this month, when a driver hit her while backing out of a parking space. The accident happened March 3 outside the Publix at Regency Park Boulevard and Ridge Road. Nitza Loyola-Smith was standing near the rear of a Toyota sport utility vehicle when it backed into her, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Loyola-Smith, of New Port Richey, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and later transferred to Morton Plant North Bay for her injuries. She died Thursday. The driver, Laverne Nathaniel Mills, 69, of Port Richey, was originally cited for improper backing. The Highway Patrol assigned the case on Friday to its traffic homicide division for additional investigation.
Hospice starts new support group
HPH Hospice invites newly bereaved adults or those who are currently coming to terms with grief over the death of a loved one to "Grief's Journey," an eight-week support group. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from March 31 to May 19 at the HPH Hospice North Pasco office, 12029 Majestic Blvd., Suite 1, Hudson. Free. Pre-registration is required. For information, call toll free 1-800-486-8784.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Church's Lent fish fries canceled
The fish fries planned for each Friday night during Lent at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church have been canceled due to low attendance at the first event.
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