NEW PORT RICHEY
Hostage call turns out to be a hoax
Pasco deputies responded Friday morning to a call of a potential hostage situation at an apartment complex, only to discover the whole thing was a hoax. At about 11 a.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Office received a call claiming someone was being held hostage at Carlton Arms of Magnolia Valley apartments on Rowan Road. Deputies arrived and shut down access to the complex until they made their way into the apartment, where they found a young man unaware of the situation. There were no hostages and no one was hurt. Deputies suspect someone else may have placed the call as a prank on the young man, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. They are continuing to investigate.
Prostitution sting nets 11 arrests
Undercover detectives arrested 11 women Thursday in a seven-hour prostitution sting. The women were arrested on a 9-mile stretch of U.S. 19 between Hudson and New Port Richey. Their ages ranged from 24 to 58. Some were found with paraphernalia or drugs, Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports state, and had more charges added. The sheriff's office has said it conducts prostitution stings wherever it receives complaints or intelligence about suspected illegal activity.
Burglar gets in via doggy door
She entered the house through unconventional means, reports say, even for a burglar. At about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Natalie Davies, 45, crawled through a doggy door at a home on Trenton Place in an attempt to get her hands on medication inside, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. She was caught in the act by the homeowner, who "subdued her in his house until a deputy arrived," the report states. Davies, of Port Richey, was arrested on a charge of burglary. She has been released from Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail.
Name your price to adopt a pet
Pasco Animal Services is offering "Name Your Price" pet adoptions this month, starting off with an adopt-athon from noon to 3 p.m. today at the adoption center, 19640 Dogpatch Lane. Normally the county charges $40 for cats and $70 for dogs — already a bargain, considering the cost of vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering and providing other care for animals at the shelter runs over $400, officials said. The "Name Your Price" promotion continues all month at the shelter, which is open from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For information, call the education office at (813) 929-1212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the sale of the Holy Name Monastery to Saint Leo University, the Benedictine Sisters will pay $1 annual rent to remain in their current quarters until moving into their new facility, which the sisters will own and maintain. An article Thursday about the deal was incorrect on the rental and ownership arrangements.