Mom charged with burglary, theft, neglect
A 20-year-old Land O'Lakes woman was charged with grand theft, burglary and child neglect after authorities accused her of breaking into a home, stealing money and leaving her 2-month-old child alone in the car. Lauren Donna Johnson of 3401 Williston Loop broke into an unoccupied home at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, a Pasco Sheriff's Office report said. She took $300 from the master bedroom before two neighbors detained her, the report said. When deputies arrived, they noticed that she had left her child unattended for 25 minutes. Johnson told authorities she was addicted to pain medications and owes money to her drug dealer, the report said, and that her baby would be taken if she didn't get the money. Johnson said she knew the victims wouldn't be home. She was in the county jail Wednesday. Bail was set at $17,000. Further information about the baby was unavailable.
Car struck, woman in critical condition
A 37-year-old Port Richey woman was in critical condition Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital after an early morning crash. State troopers say Lisa Wood was standing in front of her broken down Ford in a southbound lane of U.S. 19 near Tampa Road about 6 a.m. Troopers said George Peates, 70, of Palm Harbor failed to see the Ford and struck it from behind with his 2003 Toyota. The impact, troopers said, caused the Ford to strike Wood. Paramedics called a medical helicopter, but the flight was canceled due to bad weather. Wood was taken to St. Joseph's by ambulance. Peates suffered only minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.
Chamber director stepping down
The director of the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is resigning to spend more time with her growing family. Jan Slater, who with her husband, Erv, adopted two children in 2007 and later two more, will work her last day Nov. 7, chamber vice president Greg First said. He said, for Slater, it was a matter of shifting priorities. A search is under way for her replacement. Applications can be e-mailed to the chamber at [email protected] The deadline is Nov. 13.
Evergreen at Trinity East is a new village in the sprawling Trinity community. In the Oct. 24 edition of the Times, its value was estimated at $1.5 billion. That is the value attributed to the entire community of Trinity, which began in the early 1990s.