Man barricades himself in home about 4 hours
A man barricaded himself in his house on the 3400 block of Odom Drive on Tuesday afternoon after Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies tried to take him into custody. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the man's family had obtained a judge's order for him to be taken for a mental health evaluation. The man — whose name and age were not released — greeted deputies with a machete and then retreated into his house. He had no hostages and no one was hurt, Doll said. The standoff began at 1 p.m. and ended about 5 p.m. when SWAT team members launched tear gas into the house. Doll said the man came outside and was taken into custody. Parts of Odom, Elkhorn Boulevard, Warbler Drive and Moog Road were closed during the incident, and officials at nearby Anclote Elementary made sure students who walked home were accompanied by an adult.
Help available today on Medicare
It's Medicare's annual enrollment period, and trained volunteer counselors will be available from noon to 3 p.m. today to help seniors sift through their options. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., in conjunction with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, has arranged for volunteers to answer Medicare questions at CARES Elfers Senior Center, 4136 Barker Dr., Elfers. To make an appointment, call (727) 847-1290. Consumers may also speak to a counselor by phone before open enrollment ends Dec. 31. Call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-800-963-5337 and ask to be connected with a SHINE counselor.
Help deputies feed needy this holiday
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office's annual Holiday Food Basket Drive is in full swing again. This year's goal is to give at least 500 needy families a Christmas basket of nonperishable food plus a turkey with all the trimmings. Donation boxes are in the lobbies of all Sheriff's Office buildings. They are asking for donations of canned or boxed food plus monetary donations for turkeys. There also will be boxes for people to drop off toys for Toys for Tots. For information about the drive, call toll-free 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7736.
New Port Richey
PHCC to celebrate center renovation
Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation will celebrate the renovation of the PHCC Performing Arts Center with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The event includes movies about the 1950s, hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contests, a classic car show, live entertainment, door prizes and 1950s food at 1950s prices.
Months after selling its water system, Aloha Utilities continues to bill customers — for streetlights and garbage service. State Sen. Mike Fasano asks the state to investigate. Story, Page 3
A 14-year-old boy was attacked Oct. 28 at a park in the Ballantrae community. An incorrect date was given with an item in Saturday's paper.
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