Fireworks prank does serious damage
A Fourth of July prankster set off fireworks at the doorstep of two homes in the Ballantrae community Wednesday night, causing a fire on the porch of one home that caused at least $5,000 in damage, authorities said. The suspect has not been caught, Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said. About 9:30 p.m., a 42-year-old man inside a home at 17514 Glenapp Drive smelled smoke, opened the front door and saw flames, a report states. After the man put the fire out with wet towels, he saw a firework on the ground. He was not injured, authorities said. The suspect was seen on a home video surveillance system a few minutes later at a nearby home, at 17728 Glenapp Drive, lighting a firework fuse, ringing the doorbell and running away. The fuse went out and the firework failed to go off, the Sheriff's Office said. The suspect appeared to flee in a silver Dodge Neon. Tobin said the investigation continues.
From Birch Society to a 'kinder' view
Claire Conner, a woman who was raised in a conservative family by parents who were original national board members of the John Birch Society, will speak about her "conversion" to what she calls a "kinder political philosophy" at 10 a.m. July 14 at the Jasmine Lakes Community Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. The gathering is a joint meeting of the Democratic Women's Club and the West Pasco Democratic Club, in conjunction with the Pasco Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Refreshments will be available. For information, call (727) 845-7100.
Hospice schedules volunteer training
Gulfside Regional Hospice will hold several orientation sessions this month for people interested in volunteering with the organization. Sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Gulfside's West Pasco Administrative Office, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, for all new volunteers in west Pasco; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 12 and 13 at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, for new patient care volunteers in east and central Pasco; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 19 at the Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 21780 State Road 54, for new Thrift Shoppe volunteers; and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 28 at the Dade City Thrift Shoppe, 37925 Sky Ridge Circle, for new Thrift Shoppe volunteers. Reservations are required as space is limited. Call (727) 845-5707 in west Pasco or (813) 780-1235 in east and central Pasco.