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Lawsuit filed against owner of fireworks tent

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Family files lawsuit in fireworks case

A mother and son injured in last year's fireworks tent explosion have filed suit against the tent's owner — and the man facing criminal charges for igniting the conflagration. Andrea Berkman and her son Griffin filed suit this week in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court against Galaxy Fireworks Inc. and Tony Glenn Rogers, who awaits trial on one felony count of arson. The boy was 5 on July 4, 2007, when, authorities say, Rogers ignited a $130 mortar-style firework, which created a chain-reaction that destroyed $70,000 of fireworks inside the tent at 10933 U.S. 19. Rogers, 40, was arrested that night and remains in the county jail. The Berkmans and the owner of Galaxy Fireworks could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Rogers is set to go to trial Monday.

Local hardware store shuts down

Davis Hardware closed its doors this week on U.S. 19 after nearly 75 years in business. Owner Howard Dubrow, who bought the store about four years ago, blamed the housing market, economy and competition from big-box stores. "Lack of funds, lack of business," he said. "I just couldn't afford the bills." The store, which was located at Davis Plaza just north of Main Street, was known for carrying hard-to-find items and having a knowledgeable staff. Dubrow, 60, bought the store after nearly 30 years of climbing the corporate ladder in Chicago, where he had served as a vice president of a major computer-leasing company. "A lot of people are upset," about the decision to close the store, he said. "Being upset is nice. Coming in and spending a little money is even nicer."

Gulf Harbors Beach lifts water advisory

A water advisory was lifted Wednesday at Gulf Harbors Beach, after tests showed lower levels of bacteria in the water. But advisories remain in effect at Robert J. Strickland Beach, better known as Hudson Beach, and at Oelsner Park Beach in Port Richey, where Pasco County Health Department tests show high bacteria counts that pose "a potential health risk to the bathing public."

Calusa to hold camp for kindergartners

Calusa Elementary School will host a Kinder Camp from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4-7 at the school, 7520 Orchid Lake Road. The curriculum includes reading and readiness activities, school procedures and a tour of the school. Students must be registered for kindergarten at Calusa Elementary to attend. For information or to register, call (727) 774-3700.

Pasco deaths

Arrington, Curtis B.

Bersik, George Sr.

Brown, Donald

Echevarria, Kayla A.

Gaudell, Daniel E.

Iwersen, Robert

Lavallee, Ronald Ernest

Littlefield, Blake

Nelms, Jack Carlton

Peragine, Marie

Sweeney, Florence

Thompson, William P.

Zurowski, Norma Jean

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Lawsuit filed against owner of fireworks tent 07/23/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2008 2:30pm]

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