man found shot dead in car on railroad tracks
The Pasco Sheriff's Office says a man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in Zephyrhills. The man, who has not been identified, drove himself as far as he could before passing out. The car was found around 1:45 p.m. on the railroad tracks at Sixth Avenue and Airport Road. Rescue workers pushed the car off the tracks and took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said the case is classified as a homicide.
Math analysis to be used in layoffs
Bracing for layoffs, county commissioners on Tuesday approved using a mathematical analysis that would help determine which workers gets pink slips. The so-called "retention matrix" uses a point-based system that ranks workers based on seniority, performance, disciplinary action, certifications and veterans status. The matrix would be used to compare workers with the same titles and in the same department who are in positions slated to be eliminated. County officials said it gave them a way to be objective in their analysis. Commissioner Pat Mulieri said the matrix also gives workers a sense of what to expect. "You have something concrete they can hang their hats on," she said.
Man charged in armed robbery
An 18-year-old who allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint was arrested Monday. Willie L. Sims, of 37107 Main Ave., Dade City, is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon. Sims was being held Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. A report from the Pasco Sheriff's Office says the robbery took place after midnight on June 28 at 15022 Polk Ave., Dade City. Authorities said Sims used a gun to steal cash and jewelry from a man. Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said Sims might have had an accomplice.