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Florida DOT sets workshop in Zephyrhills on U.S. 301 widening plan


Workshop set on U.S. 301 widening plan

As the long-awaited U.S. 301 widening project moves closer to its planning phase, the Florida Department of Transportation will host a public workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Alice Hall Community Center in Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. The workshop will give people a chance to voice their opinion on the proposals, including one that would make the downtown stretch of U.S. 301 a one-way, three-lane street traveling north with all southbound traffic diverted to Sixth Street, which is already one-way. The city opposes that plan and during Monday night's council meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the city's "preferred alternative" plan that maintains U.S. 301 in that downtown area as a two-way, two-lane "main street." That plan also allows for it to be widened into three lanes in the future should it become necessary.


Teens held in rock throwing incident

Six teenagers are accused of throwing rocks at cars at Little and Fivay roads Sunday night, shattering several windshields. There were seven victims of the dangerous prank, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. No injuries were reported. At least some of the children — five boys and one girl, ages 14 and 15 — attend Hudson middle and high schools and live in the nearby area, the report states. The Times is not naming them due to their ages. They threw rocks between about 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said. They ran from the scene and were tracked to a house on River Mill Drive in Beacon Woods by a canine deputy. They were arrested and each charged with seven counts of throwing a deadly missile. Some have had previous run-ins with the law. The teens are all affiliated with the Folk Nation gangs, the Sheriff's Office said.


Woman found with gunshot wound

Someone shot Helena Rena Billingsly and left her for dead on a Tommytown street Monday night. A passer-by found the 31-year-old woman at Tait and Lee avenues about 11:30 p.m. The man didn't have a cell phone and administered first aid until a motorist stopped and called 911. Billingsly was in critical condition at a local hospital, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Doll would not comment on any possible suspects or motives for the shooting. He called Billingsly a "high-risk victim." Since 2005, Billingsly has been convicted of resisting a merchant, giving a false name to law enforcement, petit theft, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer, according to Pasco County court records.

Florida DOT sets workshop in Zephyrhills on U.S. 301 widening plan 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:25pm]
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