Suspect found in manhunt is taken to jail
A man arrested Monday in Tarpon Springs after a multi-agency manhunt was transferred Thursday to the Pasco County jail. Tarenzo L. Smith, 20, is accused of shooting into the Holiday home of his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his child, about 8:30 a.m. March 4. Deputies say he fired after showing up and finding another man at the house. Several bullets penetrated the house and one was found in a kitchen cabinet, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. No one was injured. Smith is charged with aggravated assault, two counts of shooting into a dwelling and failing to appear in court for battery charges. Smith, who lives at 1152 Chancellor Drive in Holiday, is on probation for burglary and selling cocaine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He is being held in the Pasco County jail in lieu of $20,513 bail.
Lots of rain falls, but no flooding
Some areas of Pasco County got 5 inches of rain Thursday and Friday, according to Jim Martin, director of the Pasco County Office of Emergency Management. That made for a soggy couple of days, but there were no reports of injuries or flooding inside homes, Martin said. "We were very fortunate," Martin said Friday afternoon, as he drove around the county checking on possible flooding. He said his office will continue to keep an eye for rising rivers and flooding this weekend.
Board chairwoman seeking re-election
Pasco County Commission Chairwoman Pat Mulieri filed papers this week seeing re-election. Mulieri, who is in her fourth four-year term on the board, had said previously she planned to run again but had not yet submitted her paperwork to the Supervisor of Elections Office. She faces a primary challenge from fellow Republican Ken Littlefield, a former state representative.
House candidate to host rally
U.S. House District 5 candidate Jason Sager, a Republican, will host a Celebrate America Rally at 1 p.m. March 20 at the Rotary Pavilion at 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, off State Road 52 about a quarter-mile west of the Suncoast Parkway. The outdoor rally will feature a variety of "liberty-minded citizens and political candidates," as well as music and food, organizers said. The lineup includes Alex Snitker, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate; Republican U.S. House candidates Eric Forcade, District 10, and Eddie Adams Jr., District 11. A $10 per carload campaign contribution is requested.