Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Farm Share is Dec. 14; 2 arrested in meth lab bust

NEW PORT RICHEY

Farmers share the bounty with families

The annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14, featuring fresh food donated by Florida's farmers. The giveaway, held at Redeemer Community Church at 9230 Ridge Road, is open to all families in need. "We are once again blessed to work with farmers throughout Florida to provide food at this special time of the year," said state Rep. Mike Fasano, who organizes the annual event along with state Rep. Richard Corcoran and state Sen. John Legg. Every year more than 500 families are provided with food and other items they need to have a complete holiday dinner. In addition to food from Farm Share, donations from Publix, AT&T and others make the event possible. For information, contact Fasano's office at (727) 848-5885.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Two arrested after meth lab raid

Deputies made two arrests in the investigation of a methamphetamine lab that was raided Wednesday. At first, no one would open the door at the house that, deputies say, had chemical fumes spilling out of it. Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, deputies called in backup and eventually entered the home at 3943 Court St., a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Inside they found a small lab and the signature cocktail of ingredients — including Drano and cold medicine — for meth. Two small bags of the substance along with needles were in plain sight, the report states. Deputies arrested Kevin Debyah, 38, and Angela Ludwig, also 38, of 37846 Avalon Drive, at Debyah's Court Street home. Both were charged with possession of meth and possession of listed chemicals. They remained Thursday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.

LAND O'LAKES

School Board ends coercion inquiry

As recommended, the Pasco School Board has formally ended its investigation into possible coercion by district administrators to support former superintendent Heather Fiorentino's reelection bid. Attorney Tom Gonzalez, who conducted the review, suggested in his report that more information could be collected, but he noted the cost of continuing the investigation might outweigh any added benefit beyond what he had already uncovered. Chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong said the board needed to open the investigation because it at first included allegations against Fiorentino. Those were unfounded, she noted, and any additional concerns would be against district employees, which new superintendent Kurt Browning could handle himself. "We have done our due diligence," Armstrong said. Board member Allen Altman added that if the board has any other work to do, it would be to improve policies so employees can feel comfortable speaking out against wrongdoings without fear of retribution.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Hearing aid battery giveaway is today

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is giving away free hearing aid batteries from 10 a.m. to noon today at 4443 Rowan Road. Battery sizes 10, 13, 312 and 675 will be provided as long as supplies last. Call toll-free 1-866-999-2443.

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