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.
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.
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