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Land O'Lakes man on verge of divorce shoots wife, himself

LAND O'LAKES

Man on verge of divorce shoots wife, himself

A man shot his wife in the leg, then took his own life on Thursday morning after he had been served with divorce papers, authorities said. Javier and Ana Maria Ramirez had been married about 38 years. The shooting happened about 9 a.m. at the couple's home at 14903 Ninebark Court in the Suncoast Lakes subdivision. Ana Maria Ramirez, 57, was shot twice in her right calf before Javier Ramirez, 64, turned the 9mm handgun on himself, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Ana Maria has a broken leg and is in good condition in a local hospital, the Sheriff's Office said.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Fantasy 5 winner from U.S. 19 Publix

One of 23 winning lottery tickets — each worth about $10,000 — from Wednesday's Fantasy 5 drawing was purchased at the Publix supermarket at 5127 U.S. 19. According to the Florida Lottery, the person who bought the New Port Richey ticket handpicked the winning numbers: 1-5-10-13-19. Each winner gets $10,836.22.

NEW PORT RICHEY

No rain last days of Chasco festival

The weather forecast for today calls for plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures. Chasco Fiesta organizers hope that will bring the crowds back to Sims Park for the last few days of the festival. Let's Hang On!, a Frankie Valli tribute show, headlines the True Oldies show at 6 p.m. tonight, and the Country Concert at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature rising stars David Nail and the LoCash Cowboys (see story, Page 6). The Native American Festival, the carnival rides and the food booths benefitting local nonprofits will all be open. One event has been rescheduled, though: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce has postponed the Chasco Fiesta golf tournament, slated for this afternoon. Organizers said too much water from this week's storms remained on the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity. They rescheduled the tournament for April 22 at the same location.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Guardian ad Litem wants to train you

Pasco's Guardian ad Litem Program is offering volunteer training classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 12 to May 12 at Marchman Technical Education Center, 7825 Campus Drive. For more than 30 years this program has represented abused and neglected children. Volunteers are needed. For information, call (727) 834-3493, (352) 521-5178 or e-mail Kelly.Rossi@gal.fl.gov or bethia.hinds@gal.fl.gov.

Pasco royalty

Pasco's newest royalty, Queen Chasco and King Pithla for 2011, were crowned last week. Story, Page 3

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