Intruder grabs, drops jewelry from bedroom
The woman awoke to someone tugging at her underwear. She was in bed, just after 1 a.m. Friday, next to her husband of 58 years in their mobile home at Great Cypress Travel Park. She stood up, trying to make sense of what was happening, and then the shadowy man started kissing her. He said, "I want to make love to you." "That's the thing that really disgusted me," the woman told Bay News 9. She is 78 and is not being named because of the nature of the incident. She said she shouted, "Who are you and what are you doing?" That woke up her 82-year-old husband, who darted across the bed. The intruder ran, grabbing a handful of jewelry from a dresser on his way out, including the couple's wedding rings. They reported the incident to sheriff's deputies, who found a cut screen on the couple's back porch and some jewelry on the floor. No one had been arrested by Friday afternoon.
NEW PORT RICHEY
State's top court suspends lawyer
The state Supreme Court has suspended New Port Richey lawyer Kelly Marion Fitzgerald from practicing law for 91 days after the Florida Bar found she was retained by a client and then quit working on the case. The client hired her in 2008 to represent him in a wrongful termination matter, but Fitzgerald eventually stopped returning his calls, the Bar said. Fitzgerald, 42, already was not supposed to be practicing — she had been delinquent in paying her Bar dues since October 2009. Fitzgerald could not be reached Friday. She did not respond to the Bar's complaints against her. Before she can be reinstated, the Bar said, Fitzgerald will have to be evaluated by a lawyers' assistance program.
Drop off unwanted prescription drugs
Port Richey police are asking anyone with unwanted prescription medicine to drop it off today at City Hall. Police and federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents will be in the parking lot at 6333 Ridge Road to collect the pills and other medicines as part of the DEA's Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Law enforcement will have a drive-through lane set up where residents can pull up in their vehicles.
Study findings available online
Pasco school officials have been mulling over the climate and organizational study conducted by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. The study, which described morale problems and options for reorganizing administrators, is now available on the Gradebook, the Times' education blog. To check out the study, visit links.tampabay.com or tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/.
Note to readers
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