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Man indicted in neighbor's shooting death

NEW PORT RICHEY

man indicted in neighbor's shooting death

The man accused of shooting his Angus Valley neighbor, possibly over a missing PlayStation 3, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge late Wednesday, according to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office. Edward Keith Stoddard Jr., 28, is accused in the April 23 shooting death of 26-year-old Douglas Abrams. Stoddard believed that Abrams had stolen a PlayStation 3 and television from his mobile home, neighbors said. Stoddard fled after the shooting, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said, only to surrender two weeks later to a SWAT team in Dade City. Stoddard is in the county jail without bail. The grand jury also handed up a first-degree murder indictment Wednesday in a separate case that remains under seal. Typically indictments are sealed when no arrest has been made or the defendant has not yet been returned to the jurisdiction. A first-degree murder conviction can be punished by a life sentence or the death penalty.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Seniors to be honored today

Wesley Chapel High School will hold its Eighth Annual Senior Awards Ceremony at 8 a.m. today in the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. More than 20 scholarships will be presented by various community agencies. Special achievement recognitions will be given in all academic and elective areas. Bright Futures recipients also will be announced. For further information, contact Jennifer McGeorge at (813) 794-8722.

LAND O'LAKES

DUI checkpoint planned tonight

The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI checkpoint starting at 8 tonight on U.S. 41 south of Hale Road. The FHP, in conjunction with various local law enforcement agencies, will work together to combat drinking and driving offenses that continue to claim lives each year throughout the Tampa Bay area.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Reverse mortgages subject of class

Looking for some objective information on reverse mortgages? Pasco-Hernando Community College will offer a continuing education class on reverse mortgages from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10 at the west campus, 10230 Ridge Road. A reverse mortgage is a loan available to homeowners age 62 and older, used to release home equity from the property. The class will cover eligibility requirements and options with such a loan. The fee is $11.67. For information on continuing education classes, visit phcc.edu or call toll-free 1-877-879-7422.

Pasco deaths

Corona, Hilario Jr. "Larry"

Francis, Marie J.

LaSalle, Maxine L.

Prescott, Charles E.

Tetzler, Lynne

Theriault, Viola E. "Vi"

Youngdyke, Timothy Everett

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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Man indicted in neighbor's shooting death 05/22/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:18pm]
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