Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Lacoochee

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.

Zephyrhills

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.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Tampa Bay.

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

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. The winner of 'Survivor: Game Changers?' It has to be Jeff Probst

    Blogs

     

  2. The Daystarter: Gov. Scott vetoes 'Whiskey and Wheaties Bill'; Culpepper's fate in 'Survivor' finale; to catch a gator poacher; your 2017 Theme Park Guide

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set up an undercover operation. They created their own alligator farm, complete with plenty of real, live alligators, watched over by real, live undercover wildlife officers. It also had hidden video cameras to record everything that happened. That was two years ago, and on Wednesday wildlife officers announced that they arrested nine people on  44 felony charges alleging they broke wildlife laws governing alligator harvesting, transporting eggs and hatchlings across state lines, dealing in stolen property, falsifying records, racketeering and conspiracy. The wildlife commission released these photos of alligators, eggs and hatchlings taken during the undercover operation. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  3. Trigaux: Amid a record turnout, regional technology group spotlights successes, desire to do more

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — They came. They saw. They celebrated Tampa Bay's tech momentum.

    A record turnout event by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, held May 24 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, featured a panel of area tech executives talking about the challenges encountered during their respective mergers and acquisitions. Show, from left to right, are: Gerard Purcell, senior vice president of global IT integration at Tech Data Corp.; John Kuemmel, chief information officer at Triad Retail Media, and Chris Cate, chief operating officer at Valpak. [Robert Trigaux, Times]
  4. Take 2: Some fear Tampa Bay Next transportation plan is TBX redux

    Transportation

    TAMPA — For many, Wednesday's regional transportation meeting was a dose of deja vu.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced that it was renaming its controversial Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan will now be known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. But the plan remains the same: spend $60 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to bay area interstates that are currently free of tolls. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  5. Hailed as 'pioneers,' students from St. Petersburg High's first IB class return 30 years later

    Education

    ST. PETERSBURG — The students came from all over Pinellas County, some enduring hot bus rides to a school far from home. At first, they barely knew what to call themselves. All they knew was that they were in for a challenge.

    Class of 1987 alumni Devin Brown, from left, and D.J. Wagner, world history teacher Samuel Davis and 1987 graduate Milford Chavous chat at their table.