NEW PORT RICHEY
Fugitive from Massachusetts is captured
Several roads were shut down, a SWAT tank roamed the streets and snipers were in place Thursday afternoon while authorities hunted for a fugitive out of Massachusetts. Frank Stanley, 40, was found at a home on Tennessee Avenue, said James Steffens, the acting police chief of New Port Richey. Stanley was wanted on four Massachusetts warrants for charges of sexual battery on a child 14 or younger, Steffens said. He said his agency received a call Wednesday evening that Stanley might be in the area. His officers, along with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, searched for Stanley that night and Thursday. Steffens said Stanley came outside voluntarily and was arrested without incident.
Job fair Tuesday at Spartan Manor
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host a free job fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. Nearly two dozen local businesses and employers will be on hand to meet with people seeking careers. Attendees are encouraged to dress professionally, bring resumes and be prepared for potential interviews. For information, call (727) 773-2871 or visit bilirakis.house.gov for a confirmed list of employers.
GOP straw poll planned Dec. 13
The Pasco Republican Party will host a straw poll with candidates from several local, state and national races in next year's election. The event will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cannon Hall in the Pasco Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. State GOP committeeman Bill Bunting said the event will feature Republican candidates for two county commission seats and constitutional offices. There will also be booths for several presidential campaigns, and U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner is expected to attend. Tickets are $10 and are considered a contribution to the party. Barbecue will be served for another $5. For information, call Bunting at (727) 862-1063.
Meet Times writer at Dec. 15 event
Times columnist Jan Glidewell will be the guest speaker at the annual Christmas Appreciation Breakfast for the Council of Neighborhood Associations. The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Cost is $15. The event includes breakfast and raffle prizes provided by local businesses and vendors. To buy tickets, call (813) 433-2016. For information or directions, visit www.conapasco.org.
• State Supreme Court upholds the death sentence of Phillup Alan Partin, who was convicted of killing a 16-year-old hitchhiker in 2002. Story, page 5
• Pasco County Sheriff's Office has a new armored vehicle — a $249,000 Lenco BearCat — to respond to dangerous situations. Story, page 3