NEW PORT RICHEY
Ex-Ridgewood player enters drug program
Former Ridgewood High football standout Byronell Arline, arrested in September on a felony charge of crack cocaine possession, has had his case transferred to drug court. Should Arline, 19, complete the program, which includes group meetings and frequent drug tests, he ultimately could have the charge dismissed. Arline was arrested in late September when New Port Richey police found two baggies containing a combined 0.2 ounces of crack cocaine in his vehicle during a traffic stop. A 2008 Ridgewood graduate, he ran for a Pasco County record 5,279 yards during his prep career.
Officials identify dog virus outbreak
Pasco officials have identified a local outbreak of canine distemper virus, a potentially deadly yet preventable disease. The proper vaccines can protect pets from the virus, which is easily transmittable from wildlife to dogs running at large. Ferrets can catch it, too. At first the animals appear to have the common cold or kennel cough, but the virus can quickly progress to pneumonia and death. It is not transmissible to cats or humans. Officials say it is more important than ever for pet owners to keep their pets vaccinated and safely confined. Pasco County Animal Services is temporarily suspending its pet adoptions until it ensures none of the animals at the shelter has the disease.
Maggard elected Pasco GOP chief
Appliance businessman Randy Maggard of Zephyrhills became the new chairman of the Pasco County Republican Party on Thursday night, beating former vice chairman Steve Graves by a vote of 80-27. Maggard, 45, vice president of Sonny's Discount Appliances, replaces Bill Bunting, 68, of Hudson. Bunting, chairman since 2002, was elected to the party's state committee. Maggard was his hand-picked successor.
The American Legion Post 173, the Women of Wyndgate, J&M Framing, and the Diva Angels of Pasco motorcycle club all contributed to the holiday gift drive at Sunray Elementary School in Holiday. The groups' names were garbled in a story Thursday due to an editing error.
Burke, Susanne R.
Lucas, Howard F.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.