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Former principal Karen Marler resigns from Pasco school district

Land O'Lakes

Tipped Mack truck blocks U.S. 41 traffic

Traffic on U.S. 41 was snarled for hours Tuesday afternoon after a collision knocked a Mack truck onto its side, blocking two northbound lanes. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. just north of State Road 54. Both drivers walked away with minor injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Albert Nelson, 73, pulled out of a driveway onto U.S. 41 — and into the path of the Mack truck. The truck driver, Juan Perez Jr., 33, swerved to avoid the sedan, but still hit Nelson's car and lost control of his own truck, FHP said. Nelson's Pontiac veered across the southbound lanes and into a ditch before hitting a light pole. Perez's truck skidded counterclockwise then tipped onto its right side, FHP said. Nelson, of Land O'Lakes, was cited for violation of right of way.


Former principal leaves district

Karen Marler, who was removed a few weeks ago from her principal post at Lacoochee Elementary, has decided to resign from the Pasco school district. Marler had been reassigned to Pasco High to work with east Pasco migrant families, but she never reported to the school. Marler is using vacation time before her resignation goes into effect later this month. Marler was removed as principal because of her inability to manage tensions within her staff, superintendent Heather Fiorentino said.


Man exploited his mother, police say

A man in charge of his mother's health forced her to wear only a diaper, fed her Ho Hos and TV dinners, and stole from her to buy a moped and body-building supplies, Pasco deputies said. Daniel Lee Braun, 46, moved in with his mother without her permission and began forging her signature on checks, an arrest report states. As the mother remained bedridden in her Nicole Avenue home, Braun bought expensive bicycles, a computer, a paint sprayer and vitamin supplements, the report states. A Centerstate Bank representative told the Pasco County Sheriff's Office of the account's "abnormal activity." When deputies met with the mother, she told them she had not been moved from bed in two months, when a fall impaired her ability to walk. Her son, she said, had locked her clothing away and changed her diaper only once a day. She often waited hours for meals. The report said Braun admitted to the forgery but defended his menu, telling deputies, "TV dinners have a lot of nutritional value." Deputies charged Braun with exploitation of the elderly, forgery and an old warrant on a charge of failing to pay child support. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail on Tuesday without bail.

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Former principal Karen Marler resigns from Pasco school district 10/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:40pm]
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