Water rate hike hearing to be held Tuesday
The Florida Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed water rate increase on Tuesday starting at 10 a.m. at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. Customers of Aqua Utilities will be given an opportunity to comment. Aqua applied in September for the increase to cover escalating operating costs and to earn a fair rate of return on its investment, according to its application. Customers can get detailed information at floridapsc.com. Click on Dockets and Filling/Dockets and then type in the docket number, 100330. A vote on the final rate increase is tentatively set for February.
While child slept, he should have too
Shaun Shepherd left a 2-year-old child at home alone Thursday so he could burglarize cars, authorities said. Before leaving his Port Richey house at 10411 White Cedar St., Shepherd piled pillows on his bed so it looked like he was still there asleep, a report states. He was caught nearby breaking into a car and was taken to jail, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. After he was in custody, Shepherd told a deputy he left the child alone in the house. The Sheriff's Office found the toddler asleep in bed, the report says. Shepherd, 30, is charged with child neglect, auto burglary, possession of burglary tools with intent to use and loitering or prowling. He is also charged with violating his felony probation, slated to end in 2015. It was for DUI, driving with a suspended or revoked license and possession of controlled substances and marijuana, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. Shepherd is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.
Angelus complex ready to scare you
The 25-acre Angelus complex has undergone a makeover for Halloween and the public is invited to come get frightened. The scary stuff includes not only a 20-room haunted house but also a 40-foot haunted pirate ship, a haunted trail through the woods, hayrides and several other treats for the kids. Everything is handicap accessible. The haunting starts at 6:30 p.m. today and will continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October. The complex will also be open on Halloween night, Oct. 31, a Monday this year. Tickets prices begin at $9, but there are several packages including a family pass. The Angelus is at 12413 Hudson Ave., five miles east of U.S. 19. For more information, call (727) 36-HAUNT or visit hauntedangelus.com.