Driver found dead in canal is identified
A man who was found dead in a Hudson canal has been identified as 64-year-old Juan Salgado. His maroon Chrysler LeBaron convertible was seen in the water near the Gulf Island Beach and Tennis Club on July 10. Kevin Doll, Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said Salgado lived at the Gulf Island condos and was last seen by a security guard July 6. Phone records show that Salgado made a call the next day. Doll said detectives think his car plunged into the water that day. His car appeared to have gone into the water front-first from a parking lot. There is no barrier between the lot and the canal drop-off. Doll said detectives don't suspect foul play, and the case remains open until the medical examiner's office issues a cause of death, which could take weeks. There was no missing person's report for Salgado filed with the Sheriff's Office, Doll said.
Clues sought after mother disappears
A 43-year-old mother has been missing since July 5. Family members told authorities that Kimberly M. O'Connell has a drug problem but has never been out of touch this long, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. O'Connell, of 9624 Fargo Drive, Hudson, is 5 feet 6 and 120 pounds, with hazel eyes and auburn hair. She was last seen wearing a red and white tank top, light colored jeans and flip-flops. She might have been walking down New York Avenue in Hudson about 2 p.m. July 5. Anyone with information about O'Connell's location is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.
Chef's recipe is a finalist in contest
County Line Cafe and Grille chef Kevin Howe got the good news Friday morning in between cooking breakfast orders at his restaurant on Commercial Way. His recipe for sesame lime ginger grilled pork tenderloin was among the five finalists selected in the Live! With Regis and Kelly Ultimate Hometown Grill-Off competition this week. "I'm thrilled," said Howe, 44, whose dish was introduced to viewers in a video. "I think we have a pretty good chance to win this." Visitors to the show's Web site have until 10 a.m. Sunday to vote for their favorite of five videos in the pork category, with the winner going to New York next week to grill on the show. Winners of various categories in the contest then will compete for the overall title of Ultimate Hometown Grill Recipe. To vote for Howe's video, go to regisandkelly.go.com/ recipes.html.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Fellowship to hold fundraiser today
Moon Lake Christian Fellowship will have a fundraiser concert and barbecue from 1 to 7 p.m. today. The nondenominational church at 10936 Moon Lake Road needs to raise $8,500 for its electricity and sewer hookups and to pay impact fees. These are the final steps in a decade-long quest to build a sanctuary for the 200-member congregation. Performing will be the Country Air Gospel and Jimmy and Stevie. The concert and food are free, but donations are welcome. For information, call pastor Lad Dubovsky at (727) 505-4880.