Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Greater New Port Richey Main Street director recuperating

NEW PORT RICHEY

Main Street director IS RECOVERING

Beth Fregger, executive director of Greater New Port Richey Main Street, will remain hospitalized for several weeks following surgery, according to the organization's president. Shirley Pheasant said Fregger had not been feeling well but continued working to put on the recent EcoFest and bench painting festivities in downtown New Port Richey. On Wednesday she underwent surgery after doctors discovered a spinal cord infection, Pheasant said. Fregger, 55, is expected to make a full recovery, Pheasant said. "It's very serious. It was quite a shock," she said. "She is a wonderful person and does such a great job for us." Pheasant said that while Fregger is out her administrative assistant, Leah Robinson, will handle office operations. She also said the entire Main Street organization will band together to plan for Main Street Holidays next month. Not only does Fregger run Main Street, but she is also New Port Richey's marketing director for the city's Recreation and Aquatic Center. New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe expressed his wishes for Fregger's recovery. He said he took a card signed by staff to the hospital Friday. "She's a terrific lady," he said. "We all wish her the best."

NEW PORT RICHEY

Prostitution sting hits both ways

In about three hours on a half-mile stretch of U.S. 19 Thursday evening, authorities said, undercover deputies dressed as prostitutes arrested five men on charges of solicitation. Each case played out almost the same in Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports: The men approached the undercover deputies, offered them money for sex acts and were then arrested. The men, all between 30 and 65 years old, were released on their own recognizance. One man had an additional charge of possession of marijuana. The sweep came after a similar effort Wednesday evening, in which undercover detectives arrested 18 women, ranging from 19 to 46 years old, on charges of solicitation of prostitution. In addition, one woman had crack cocaine in her purse, deputies said. Another woman told the arresting officer that she needed money because she was hungry. A third woman told officers that she actually planned to rob the man who picked her up in his car.

LAND O'LAKES

Police look for truck from hit-and-run

Troopers are looking for the driver of a pickup truck they say hit a man on a moped Friday morning and drove away. At about 6:45 a.m., the truck, possibly a white Dodge, was in the outside lane of State Road 54 while Joshua Lee Kapp 22, also approached the intersection on his moped. Both failed to slow down, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report, and the front of the truck hit the rear of the moped. The report says the driver of the truck fled the scene. Kapp was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital-North at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz with minor injuries. FHP had no more details to release about the driver of the truck. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 631-4020.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

Greater New Port Richey Main Street director recuperating 11/16/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 8:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Car bomb kills 13, injures 24 in Baghdad; Islamic State claims responsibility

    World

    BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded outside a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad just after midnight today, killing 13 people and wounding 24, hospital and police officials said.

  2. Leaping shark floors angler in Australia

    World

    In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway's protagonist battles for three days to pull in his prized catch. For Terry Selwood, it came a little more suddenly.

    A 9-foot shark lies on the deck of a fishing boat at Evans Head, Australia on Sunday. Fisherman Terry Selwood said he was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the shark struck him with a fin as it landed on him on the deck. [Lance Fountain via AP]
  3. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  4. Britain investigating missed signals over Manchester bomber

    World

    LONDON — Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, is investigating its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a crowded Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last week.

    People gather Monday at St. Ann’s Square in Manchester, England, to view tributes to victims of the suicide bombing that killed 22 on May 22 as a concert by Ariana Grande was concluding.
  5. Trump condemns killing of pair who tried to stop racist rant

    Nation

    The mayor of Portland, Ore., on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade.

    Coco Douglas, 8, leaves a handmade sign and rocks she painted at a memorial in Portland, Ore., on Saturday for two bystanders who were stabbed to death Friday while trying to stop a man who was yelling anti-Muslim slurs and acting aggressively toward two young women. From left are Coco's brother, Desmond Douglas; her father, Christopher Douglas; and her stepmother, Angel Sauls. [Associated Press]