Friday, April 20, 2018
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Memorial service Friday for twins killed in New Port Richey mobile home fire

NEW PORT RICHEY

Memorial for twins who died set for Friday

Family members are holding a memorial service Friday afternoon for Micah and Miah Shaver, the 3-year-old twins who died in a fire early this week. The service is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Church of Christ, 6767 River Road, and is open to the public, family members said. The twins and their mother, Shannon Garza, were at their Moon Lake mobile home around 9 a.m. Monday when the fire broke out. Garza made it out of the house, but neighbors and rescuers were unable to save the twins. Donations to the family are still being accepted at a table in front of the Volunteer Way at 10012 Moon Lake Road.

LAND O'LAKES

Waiters' fight being investigated

Pasco sheriff's deputies are investigating an argument at Ichiban Buffet on Tuesday that, they say, ended with one waiter stabbing another. What sparked the fight has not been revealed, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. About 11:50 Tuesday morning, the two women were working in the soda fountain area of the restaurant at 21627 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive, when one stabbed the other in the stomach, reports state. The 43-year-old injured woman was flown to an "undisclosed Tampa area hospital and is in stable condition," the report states. No names have been released in the case. No arrests have been made, as deputies are still working to determine who instigated the fight.

PORT RICHEY

Firm hired for waterway signs

A long-anticipated project to replace the city's deteriorating network of waterway signs along the Pithlachascotee River is finally moving forward. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to hire Water Ventures LLC of Port Richey to install dozens of signs and pilings along the city's waterways. The work will cost $19,050. In October 2011, the council gave an engineering firm the green light to look at replacing the existing and missing boating signs after a Police Department review found numerous signs gone or so faded they cannot be read. The city is supposed to have 22 waterway markers, including no wake and speed limit signs, mostly along the Pithlachascotee River. The city's review found 10 signs and two buoys marking swim areas are missing, and 10 more signs are not posted in the right place. In several instances, the city was in violation of U.S. Coast Guard code that bans the posting of informational signs on the green square and red triangle navigational markers, according to the review. And the existing signs are mounted on a patchwork of different posts, including PVC pipe, I-beams and 2-by-4s. A Water Ventures representative told the council on Tuesday evening that it would take about two weeks to install the new signs, which could last up to 15 years.

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