man accused of spraying deputy in the face
Deputies say Kenneth Thomas Batchelder, 46, of Holiday was idling in his van in front of his house, drinking Busch beer and blasting music Thursday. When a deputy approached, he says he saw Batchelder turn off the engine and hide on the floor. The deputy walked around the van, noticing a broken window covered by a blanket. He went to remove it, and Batchelder allegedly sprayed him in the face with a fire extinguisher. Backup arrived, and deputies arrested Batchelder on charges of DUI and battery on an officer.
Burglary suspect caught, detained
When a homeowner spotted three people trying to break into his car early Thursday, he ran outside, chased the would-be burglars and caught one, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. The man saw the thieves through a video surveillance system around 4:20 a.m. at his home on Bramblewood Drive in Port Richey, a report says. It is unknown how he detained one of the suspects, but the report says he kept him until deputies arrived. Justin A. Gregory, 18, of Tampa, is charged with attempted auto burglary. As of Friday, he was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. The other two suspects remain at large.
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Girls' program is accepting referrals
PACE Center for Girls of Pasco County is accepting referrals for fall semester, which begins on Aug. 24. Pasco County girls ages 12-18 can complete middle school coursework, earn high school credit, or retake courses to improve their grade point average while benefiting from PACE's nationally recognized, gender-specific programming. There is no charge to attend PACE. Services include year-round middle and high school education; individual, group, family and crisis counseling; a gender-specific life management curriculum; community service opportunities; vocational services; and three years of follow-up support for girls leaving the program. For more information, visit pacecenter.org or call (727) 849-1901, ext. 21.
Special report in Sunday's edition
The Pasco County jail is a money pit. Though the real toll is in ruined lives, the cost to taxpayers is more than $60,000 every day. And it's growing, with a new wing opening this month. To see what Pasco taxpayers are getting for their money, the St. Petersburg Times took a snapshot of the jail, its operations and its population, on a typical day.
A detailed list of obituaries is published in Section B.