Motorcycle crash kills Dade city man
A 20-year-old Pasco man died Friday morning after he lost control of his motorcycle on Jessamine Road. Christopher Gupta of Dade City was driving south near Jim Denney Road about 6 a.m. when his Suzuki GSX-R veered onto the shoulder and overturned, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper said. Gupta hit a wooden utility pole. His motorcycle struck a tensed guy wire. Gupta died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
Ex-chamber leader joins Times staff
David B. West, the former executive director of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, has joined the St. Petersburg Times as promotions coordinator for central and east Pasco. West, 53, served as community relations manager for the Tampa Tribune from 1998 to 2008. He also worked for the Pasco Health Department and Keep Pasco Beautiful and has spent 35 years preaching at churches. He currently is helping organize the Church of Christ of Wesley Chapel. "We're excited to have David join our Pasco team, and we look forward to having him focus on our growing community involvement," said Grace Posada, the Times' marketing manager for central and east Pasco. West is a longtime Rotary member and has served as a district governor. He also served on numerous boards, including the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, Leadership Pasco and various chambers of commerce. He and his wife, Vickie, live in Dade City. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
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Fundraisers today for girl with cancer
Two fundraisers are scheduled today for the family of Kaitlyn Jenkins, the 7-year-old daughter of Pasco County Sheriff's Lt. Stacey Jenkins. Kaitlyn recently was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. The AMVETS and Riders of Post 48 have planned a barbecue for 1 p.m. at the post, 4629 Bartelt Road, Holiday. Live music will be provided by the Sons of Eros. For more information, call (727) 943-5863. Another fundraiser is from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in Safety Town, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. The cookout includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction of a fishing charter, autographed sports memorabilia and other items for a $5 minimum donation.
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