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Hernando County community rallies to fill Santa's Angel program stockings

COUNTYWIDE

Community fills Santa's Angel kids' stockings

About 250 needy kids will have presents under the tree this morning, thanks to an outpouring of last-minute donations to the Santa's Angel program. After the Pasco Times reported Wednesday that the program still needed toy and clothing donations for about 40 kids, people snatched up the remaining gift tags at local stores and called program president Lisa Snow with offers to help. "The response has been overwhelming," said Snow, her voice hoarse from fielding so many calls over the past few days. "We're quite relieved." The program provides presents for children, from babies to teens, who are referred by social service agencies or school guidance counselors.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Suspect arrested in home invasion

Joshua D. Groschel was helping a man move some furniture earlier this month when he noticed some prescription pills, according to authorities. So a week later, on Dec. 11, Groschel and two other men forced their way into the victim's home on Pecan Drive in New Port Richey and beat him, kicked him and stole his medicine, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Groschel, 18, of 1846 Hacienda Way in Holiday, was arrested Wednesday. Two other suspects are at large. Groschel is charged with home invasion robbery with a weapon. Groschel remained at the county jail Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bail. The victim sustained numerous injuries and was treated at a hospital, a report states.

PORT RICHEY

Parking lot attack leads to charges

A 58-year-old man is accused of punching another man several times, leaving him with a swollen face and a loose tooth. It is unclear what sparked the attack Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Days Inn at 10829 U.S. 19. John R. Price of 6827 Runnel Drive in New Port Richey is charged with burglary with assault or battery, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Price remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $50,300 bail.

Correction

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 for the 8 p.m. Las Vegas Revue with Keith Coleman and Ruby Tuesday at Colorama Music. The price of $22 includes monster buffet and show. Due to incorrect information provided to the Times, an item in Thursday's Coming Attractions gave the wrong price and other details.

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