Fasano bill on labor deals dies in House
A bill that would have given sheriffs the authority to break impasses in labor negotiations passed the state Senate but died in the House in the legislative session that ended last week. The bill was introduced by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, at the request of Sheriff Bob White. It deemed the sheriff and other constitutional officers the "legislative body" empowered to break labor impasses with their employees' unions. Current state law makes the county commission the legislative body. The Fraternal Order of Police, which represents Pasco's deputies, fought hard against the bill, claiming it removed any incentive for the sheriff to negotiate and was meant to intimidate deputies from being involved in collective bargaining. Fasano said he doesn't intend to try to pass the bill again next year as long as House members appear opposed to it.
Girl, 17, charged in attack on man, 74
A teenage girl punched and slapped a 74-year-old man in a Walmart parking lot Monday afternoon while shouting racial slurs at the man, according to the Port Richey Police Department. Gabriell Marie Mazzi, a white 17-year-old who is 5 feet tall and weighs 95 pounds, attacked the man, striking him "multiple times on both sides of his face with a closed fist," the report said. The victim's medical condition was not available Tuesday. The incident happened about 6 p.m. at 8701 U.S. 19. A report does not state what triggered the attack. Nor does it state the victim's race, but the report says Mazzi repeatedly called him the n-word. Mazzi, who lives in Dunnellon, told authorities she works as a waitress, but did not list the location. She was arrested and charged with battery on a person aged 65 or older.
Medical center to host blood drive
Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. As part of this summer's Cruise In to Donate campaign, donors will receive a beach towel and a wellness checkup, including a cholesterol screening. People who donate twice between May and August will be entered in a drawing for a free Carnival Cruise. The hospital is at 14000 Fivay Road. For information contact Florida Blood Services at 1-800-682-5663 or visit www.fbsblood.org.
Mail carriers' food drive is Saturday
The U.S. Postal Service will collect nonperishable food on Saturday as part of its annual letter carriers' food drive. Food may be left in bags next to the mail box. It will be distributed to local families in need.