Rec center named for late Pasco attorney
The Pasco County Commission on Wednesday supported a motion from board member Ann Hildebrand to rename the Holiday recreation center in honor of Ben Harrill, a former county attorney who had become a well-known local land use lawyer. Harrill died of a heart attack on March 16 at age 56. When Harrill's two sons were growing up, he spent many a day at the recreation center, coaching sports.
PAL re-opens pool closed by cutbacks
The Zephyrhills Police Athletic League got permission from the county this week to re-open and operate a county swimming pool in Zephyrhills that officials shuttered due to budget cuts. The league will hire the staff and lifeguards to run the pool, which will be open to the public.
County to fight firefighter lawsuit
County commissioners have approved setting aside $100,000 to pay an outside legal firm to defend the county on a federal lawsuit filed by two Pasco firefighters over allegations they were subjected to discrimination and harassment because of their race (one is Hispanic) and religion (the other is married to a woman of Jewish faith). Commissioners also agreed to allocate an additional $21,000 to the firm to assist the county on a Teamsters petition to unionize employees.
Deputies: Guest molested daughter
A North Carolina man allowed to stay in a family's home for a week molested the family's 12-year-old daughter, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Silvester Martin, 27, woke the unidentified girl by fondling her chest and legs as the family slept about 1 a.m. Tuesday, she told a deputy. The girl told him to stop and ran to wake her mother. Martin, of Fayetteville, admitted the fondling and was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, a report said. His bail was set at $10,000.