Free swine flu shots at three spots Saturday
The Pasco County Health Department will offer free H1N1 swine flu vaccinations at three clinics Saturday. The clinics are:
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pasco County Health Department, 4717 Airport Road, Zephyrhills.
• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lacoochee Elementary, 38815 Cummer Road, Dade City.
Vaccines will be given first-come, first-served. Tickets for vaccinations will be distributed, and officials say there may be a wait. Vaccinations are also available most weekdays at Pasco County Health Department clinics across the county. For information, call (727) 861-5250.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Woman charged with lewd battery
A 24-year-old woman is accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl. Janisty Lyn Payne of 4323 Riverwood Drive in New Port Richey was arrested Wednesday and charged with lewd and lascivious battery. Payne was released from the Pasco County jail the same day on $10,000 bail. A report states the encounters occurred between October and December. The girl told authorities their relations were consensual.
Cancer fundraiser for Haag today
Friends of Richelle Haag, the 21-year-old cancer patient featured in a St. Petersburg Times article last month, are holding a fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. today. The benefit, held at Venom bike shop and restaurant, will feature a spaghetti dinner, a raffle and live music. Tickets are $10, with the donations going to Haag, an uninsured woman who was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer this year. She is waiting to hear if she qualifies for Medicaid. The restaurant is at 7430 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 816-8700.
12th teacher nationally certified
Pasco County officials discovered Thursday morning that they have one more National Board certified teacher. She's Marybeth Fausto-Zehmisch and she teaches at Seven Oaks Elementary School. District officials said her name had been coded improperly by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, assigning her as a teacher in an "unknown" district rather than to Pasco. Fausto-Zehmisch is the 12th Pasco teacher to obtain National Board certification this year.