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Judge orders restitution for victims of man who plowed into ice cream truck

NEW PORT RICHEY

Judge orders restitution for wreck Victims

The parents of the young victims of Donald Kenneth Tappin, accused of plowing into an ice cream truck last year with drugs in his system, told a judge last week that they have forgiven him. But they also wanted Tappin to literally pay for his crimes. So on Thursday a judge sentenced Tappin to 52 weekends in jail and two years of house arrest followed by eight years of probation — and ordered him to pay more than $15,000 in restitution to his victims. Tappin, 47, is guilty of two felony counts of driving under the influence with bodily injury and misdemeanor DUI. He could have received a sentence of up to 11 years in prison for crashing into the back of an ice cream truck in January 2007, injuring four children. He lost his driver's license for five years, but will be allowed to work while under house arrest. Tappin owes $8,000 for the truck he totaled and $7,000 for the children's medical bills. "The victims all came in and said he deserves a chance," said Assistant State Attorney Michael Kenny.

Moon Lake school gets new principal

Students and staff returning to Moon Lake Elementary School next month will be greeted by their third principal in a year. Susan Barcellino, who took over the school in April from Donna Busby, has unexpectedly resigned to return to Collier County, where she'll join the district administration. Cara Allen, principal of Mary Giella Elementary in Shady Hills since 2001, will lead Moon Lake. Assistant superintendent Ruth Reilly said it would be easier for Moon Lake to begin the year with an established district leader and to find a new principal for Giella than to advertise the Moon Lake job. Allen will officially transfer on Aug. 10, one day before teachers report for work.

PORT RICHEY

Contamination closes beaches

Pasco health officials issued water advisories Tuesday at Brasher Park Beach and Green Key beach, officially known as Robert K. Rees Beach, after finding high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. A similar advisory remains in effect at Hudson beach, officially known as Robert J. Strickland Beach. The Pasco County Health Department says the water at both beaches poses "a potential health risk to the bathing public." Another advisory at Oelsner Park Beach was lifted Tuesday.

Correction

Volunteers interested in helping with the SHINE program, which assists elderly residents with insurance issues, may call Susan Samson at (727) 570-9696, ext. 234 or toll-free at 1-800-861-8111. An incorrect number ran Monday.

Pasco deaths

Amador, Manuel

Benson, Rita O.

Bubb, Robert

Dorigatti, Clara Louise

Porter, John E.

Seacrist, William B.

Stefanik, Mark W.

Steigner, Edward S. Jr.

Stellmach, Sally Sonya

Wojciuk, Dorothy A.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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