Grants totaling $225,000 to aid local HOMELESS
Two Pasco County agencies will receive nearly $225,000 combined in homeless grants announced Wednesday by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Catholic Charities will receive $189,928 for its Bethany Family Apartments in Dade City. The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County will receive two awards: $19,950 and $13,856 to continue and expand its Homeless Management Information Systems program, which gathers information on the characteristics of the local homeless population. The grants are part of the nearly $1.4 billion doled out nationwide to help thousands of programs that offer assistance to the homeless.
Workforce Board picks its next CEO
The Pasco Hernando Workforce Board selected Jerome Salatino as the new CEO for its nonprofit agency that oversees job-related services for the region. He will start Jan. 4. Salatino, who was chosen last month by the board's executive committee, is Worknet Pinellas' director of planning and development. He joined Goodwill Suncoast Industries in 2000 as director of the One-Stop Operations. He joined Worknet Pinellas in 2002 as operations manager. Salatino's background includes workforce certification, equal employment opportunity liaison for the Florida Department of Labor and human resources training from the state Agency for Workforce Innovation. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and got further training in strategic planning from Michigan State University. He replaces longtime CEO Lee Ellzey, who was fired after a whistle-blower's complaint turned up allegations of fiscal mismanagement. The case was turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is still investigating.
Man charged with aggravated battery
A 31-year-old man is accused of punching a pregnant woman in her belly Tuesday morning, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Curtis J. Rogers of 18219 Drayton St. is charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant person. The woman told authorities that Rogers was angry and, as she tried to get in her car to leave, he hit her in the stomach. She is a few weeks away from her delivery date, according to a report. She managed to escape and drove to her grandmother's house to call 911. Rogers fled on a bicycle and was found by deputies, the report says. Rogers denied hitting the woman. Rogers remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday without bail.