Bank sues to foreclose on development
The property for Ashley Glen, a proposed 2 million-square-foot office complex at State Road 54 and the Suncoast Parkway, is in foreclosure. Mercantile Bank filed the complaint last week in Pasco County Circuit Court against Doug Weiland, the developer. Weiland bought the property from Standard Pacific Homes and proposed a series of multistory office towers and 600 apartments. Stanford Solomon, attorney for the bank, called the complaint a "routine pleading" and said his client had tried to work things out with Weiland before going to court. "This didn't come out of left field," Solomon said. He said the bank would not necessarily follow through if a deal could be worked out.
Scuffle adds to suspect's woes
Word to the wise: If you're suspected of shoplifting, don't make it worse by getting in a scuffle with employees at the store. That's what happened to Thomas Barton, who was accused of stealing a $12.88 flashlight from Wal-Mart, according to a Port Richey police report. It states that Barton, 45, took the flashlight at 6:13 p.m. Sunday, hid it in his jacket pocket and headed for the door. When the store's loss prevention officers stopped him, Barton fought them and tried to escape, the report said. One employee suffered minor injuries. After Barton was arrested, the report said, police found he had 15 other stolen items worth a total of $54.19. Barton, of 10605 Oleander Drive, was charged with retail theft and resisting a merchant. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Monday morning after posting $150 bail.
There's still time to pen a winner
The postmark deadline to enter the 2009 Jacaranda Poetry Contest has been extended to March 19. The contest is sponsored by the Pasco Arts Council, with cash prizes to be awarded at the Jacaranda Poetry Festival on April 4 at Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center in New Port Richey. For entry details, call (727) 845-7322 or visit www.pascoart.org.
Learn how to live an eco-friendly life
An expo on environmentally friendly living will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 14 at the Shops at Wiregrass. The expo will feature experts in green construction, remodeling and landscaping. Admission is free. For information, go to www.tbba.net or (813) 873-1000.
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