Monday, February 19, 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.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Comments
Sting nets arrests of more than 20 ‘brazen’ unlicensed contractors in Pinellas

Sting nets arrests of more than 20 ‘brazen’ unlicensed contractors in Pinellas

DUNEDIN –– The unlicensed contractors answered calls to perform electrical, plumbing and other types of work at a home since Saturday. But the workers had no idea that Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies posed as homeowners.Since Saturday, deputies ar...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Report: Winn-Dixie parent company could close 200 stores

Report: Winn-Dixie parent company could close 200 stores

Bi-Lo LLC, a subsidiary of the same Jacksonville company that owns Winn-Dixie, could file for bankruptcy as soon as next month, according to a Bloomberg report.Parent company Southeastern Grocer is planning to shut down nearly 200 stores either befor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
This gun owner said the Parkland shooting was the last straw. So he turned his rifle over to deputies

This gun owner said the Parkland shooting was the last straw. So he turned his rifle over to deputies

The Parkland school shooting inspired a Florida gun owner to turn his beloved AR-57 over to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office."As I struggle to make heads or tails of another senseless mass shooting in the USA, I can no longer offer only my ‘though...
Updated: 1 hour ago
New bus routes, times to start on Sunday in Hillsborough

New bus routes, times to start on Sunday in Hillsborough

TAMPA — More than a dozen bus routes in Hillsborough County will have new times, paths and stops starting Sunday. The changes come almost four months after the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority rolled out an entirely new bus network, scrap...
Updated: 1 hour ago
President Trump expresses support for senators’ gun bill

President Trump expresses support for senators’ gun bill

President Donald Trump signaled support for one piece of gun control legislation on Monday, five days after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and scores injured."The president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Top 5 at noon: Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice; unlicensed contractors arrested after Pinellas sting; and more

Top 5 at noon: Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice; unlicensed contractors arrested after Pinellas sting; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.WHY PARKLAND STUDENTS HAVE EMERGED AS A POWERFUL POLITICAL VOICEThe boldest voices to emerge in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland have ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
From eyeball worms to a ‘frat house’ fire department, the top quotes from last week’s Tampa Bay Times

From eyeball worms to a ‘frat house’ fire department, the top quotes from last week’s Tampa Bay Times

From parasitic worms to the Parkland school shooting to a fire department run like a "frat house," your top quotes from last week’s Tampa Bay Times.• "You see cases where there are cysts full of fertilized eggs all over the brain. Luckily we caught i...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The small gun shop that sold the weapon to the alleged high school shooter ‘closes indefinitely.’

The small gun shop that sold the weapon to the alleged high school shooter ‘closes indefinitely.’

The aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has led to the closure of one small business.According to the Miami Herald, the owners of Sunrise Tactical Supply, the Coral Springs, Florida shop that auth...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

LOS ANGELES — Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.The Black Eyed Peas singer's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particular...
Updated: 3 hours ago
St. Petersburg set to rename main library after President Obama

St. Petersburg set to rename main library after President Obama

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is set to announce that the city’s main library will be renamed after former President Barack Obama.The announcement that the facility will be renamed after the nation’s first African-American president has been t...
Updated: 3 hours ago