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Incoming senator denies he avoided process servers


Legg denies he avoided process servers

Incoming state Sen. John Legg is adamant: He's not trying to avoid being served with the defamation lawsuit filed by former Port Richey City Manager Ellen Posivach. "Their attorney has not tried to serve us at all," said Legg, adding that his offices and homes aren't hard to find. He noted that Posivach's attorney, John Shahan, was reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court earlier this year for failing to properly serve defendants in another case. Shahan, who did not return a call Thursday, told a judge earlier this week that his process servers had difficulty finding Legg. Posivach's lawsuit says Legg defamed her by writing a letter blasting her potential $90,000 severance package. On Wednesday, Circuit Judge W. Lowell Bray Jr. tossed out the lawsuit's defamation allegations against Port Richey and several City Council members, but allowed Posivach to continue suing over her claim that the city violated her contract by not paying her severance and by making disparaging statements about her. Legg said he's eager to be done with his part of the lawsuit, and his attorney is going to file a motion that would allow Legg to receive the lawsuit without being legally served. "I find it humorous that I am going to do their job for them, essentially to sue myself, since they obviously don't know how to do it," Legg said. He added that "my attorney is ... ready to dispose of (the lawsuit) because it's frivolous and everybody knows it."


Largo man, 20, dies in I-75 crash

A 20-year-old man from Largo died early Thursday after losing control of his car on Interstate 75. The crash happened about 12:50 a.m. as Christian Nicholas Reimer was driving his 1996 Pontiac Grand Am north on I-75 just south of State Road 52. Reimer veered into the grassy median, overcorrected back toward the road, then swerved onto the shoulder, crashing into a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The car overturned and came to rest on its side. Reimer, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Authorities have not determined whether alcohol played a role in the crash.

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Bring a dish, help Trilby Cemetery

A "Day at Meltons' Farm & Farm Machinery Museum," a fundraiser for the Trilby Cemetery Association, will start about 10 a.m. Saturday, with a covered dish dinner at noon. The event will include music, farm tractors, boiled peanuts and contests for best chicken and dumplings and best banana pudding. Guests should bring lawn chairs and their favorite Southern comfort food, and everyone is encouraged to make a generous donation for the upkeep of Trilby Cemetery. The event is at 34226 Harris Hill Road, about 3 miles west of Trilby. Contact Scott Black at (352) 523-5772 or at

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