NEW PORT RICHEY
Man, 65, hit, killed while crossing U.S. 19
A 65-year-old man was hit by a car and killed Friday night while walking across U.S. 19, according to a report from the New Port Richey Police Department. Authorities have not released his identity, pending notification of his family. The man was walking east across the 6400 block of U.S. 19 about 10:45 p.m. when he was struck by a 1998 Cadillac Deville in the right northbound lane, the report said. The man was taken to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, where he died. Authorities said the driver of the car, Susan M. Storer, 56, of Hudson, was not at fault.
Expert to give tips on growing citrus
The Pasco Master Gardeners' next event will feature a presentation on citrus. Elisabeth Payne of the Pasco County Extension Office will discuss common problems and other topics related to growing citrus. The event takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on U.S. 41. There will be free coffee, refreshments and handouts. For more information, call (352) 521-4288 or (813) 847-8177, ext. 4288.
Man accused of stealing son's car
A 46-year-old Hudson man was charged with grand theft auto and possession of drug paraphernalia Monday morning after authorities say he took his son's car and never returned it. On Jan. 12, Thomas Leon Earhart drove his son Justin to work. Earhart, who had a suspended license, then left in his son's white 1994 Infiniti sedan and never came back, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. His son tried to get the car back by calling his father, the report said, but his father refused to return it. About 12:55 a.m. Monday, Earhart, of 12806 Willowdale Way, and a friend were in the car when they were stopped by authorities at Beacon Woods Drive and U.S. 19, the report said. Inside the car, authorities found a homemade brass pipe that Earhart said he uses to smoke crack cocaine, the report said. Earhart was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail. He is being held in lieu of $5,150 bail.
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