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Florida Highway Patrol asking for help in solving 2008 hit-and-run death


FHP asking for help in solving 2008 hit-run

Two and a half years have passed since a hit-and-run driver mowed down two people walking their dog, killing one and injuring the other. The Florida Highway Patrol is hoping someone will come forward with information to close the case. FHP never identified the driver who fled after the Oct. 25, 2008, crash at Monteverde Drive and Killearn Lane, but they think the car was red or maroon. Jessica Ann Lawrence, 27, and Joseph Anthony Amoroso, then 25, were walking along the eastern edge of Monteverde Drive when the vehicle approached from the south and collided with them and their dog, FHP said. The car then hit a row of mail boxes and sped north on Monteverde Drive. Lawrence died at the scene. Amoroso suffered incapacitating injuries, but has since recovered. Anyone with information may contact Cpl. Erik Bromiley with the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 631-4020.


Community police meeting is June 1

The next meeting on community policing efforts within the city will be at 6 p.m. June 1 at New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St. Police Chief Jeffrey Harrington will be the host of the event, and Capt. Jack Armstrong of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will be in attendance. "The goal of these meetings is to gain input from the community, so that we can tailor our policing strategies to issues that the community feels are most important," Harrington said. "We want to be sure their needs and concerns are addressed, and that they know we're listening to them." For information call City Hall at (727) 853-1016.


Clothing swap planned June 2

Drop off your old duds and pick up something new at the June 2 clothing swap hosted by the networking group Women Helping Women. Members and guests are invited to bring in clothing and accessories they no longer use, and help themselves to the items brought in by others. Men's and children's clothing will be available, too. There is an $11.50 cost to attend the luncheon meeting, which will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Due to space limitations, people must RSVP by Friday by calling Gigi D. Evans at (727) 945-9669. Any leftover clothing will be donated to local nonprofits.


Wildlife sanctuary offers kids' camp

Survival Outreach Sanctuary, a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary, is accepting registration for its summer camp "Footprints on Earth." Kids will get to meet exotic animals from all over the world, learn about Florida ecosystems and participate in games, movies and crafts. The camp is open to children ages 7 to 12 years old. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from June 6 to Aug. 11. Kids can come for a week, several weeks or the entire summer. Cost is $95 per week, with a 50 percent discount for each sibling. Before and aftercare are available for an additional fee. For information call (352) 799-2334, send an e-mail or visit

Florida Highway Patrol asking for help in solving 2008 hit-and-run death 05/21/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 1:58pm]
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