pickup strikes and kills man on county line
An unidentified man was killed early Tuesday when he was struck by a pickup on County Line Road, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The crash occurred about 1 a.m. on County Line at Runyon Drive when an eastbound 2007 Toyota pickup driven by Jodi A. Kirby, 24, of Brooksville, struck the man, who ran across County Line, the FHP said. The man's name was not released, pending identification and notification of next of kin. The FHP said the impact of the crash threw the pedestrian into a culvert on the south side of County Line, and Kirby, who was not injured, pulled over to the side of the road. The pedestrian was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died. Kirby was wearing a seat belt. The FHP said toxicology results were pending for both Kirby and the pedestrian.
FCAT proctor gets 5-day suspension
An Irvin Education Center teacher on Tuesday accepted a five-day unpaid suspension over missteps when proctoring students taking the FCAT exam in the spring. Migdalia Mojica initially faced a 10-day suspension after she used email to contact her principal about two misbehaving students and recorded her efforts to oversee the testing. State law prohibits the use of electronics in the testing room. After Mojica protested the punishment, superintendent Heather Fiorentino offered to reduce the penalty, but Mojica continued to seek an appeal before the School Board. On Tuesday, the teacher reached a deal to drop her appeal in exchange for Fiorentino modifying her formal letter of reprimand. The School Board canceled its hearing after Mojica said she agreed to the negotiated settlement.
'Back to School' pet adoption event
Pasco Animal Services will have a "Back to School" pet adoption event from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the county's adoption center, 19640 Dogpatch Lane. Educators and students can adopt a pet that day for half price, which will be $35 for dogs and $20 for cats. This will be the first in a series of special monthly adoption events at Pasco Animal Services. For information, call (813) 929-1212 or visitpascocountyfl.net and select "Animal Services."
• Pasco students are back in the classroom, and so is Top of the Class, the Pasco Times' weekly feature highlighting the academic efforts of kids, teachers and volunteers. This week we celebrate one student's revival of Friday Flix at the New Port Richey Library. Story, Page 4.
• David Prince, 28, lost his lower leg in a motorcycle accident in 2002. He went into a downward spiral of arrests and drug abuse. In London beginning Aug. 29, he will run in the 400-meter race and represent the USA at the Paralympic Summer Games. Story, Page 6