Needy kids will receive holiday gifts after all
The needy children served by the Santa's Angel tree program will have a very Merry Christmas today, thanks to an outpouring of donations from Pasco residents this week. After the Pasco Times reported Tuesday that about 60 kids — mostly teens — still needed gifts, people snatched up the remaining gift tags on the trees at two Bealls and Wal-Mart locations, and program coordinator Marcia Snow's phone rang nonstop. "I have goose bumps. It was tremendous," said Snow, noting that she will have enough donations to help all of the kids, as well as another seven or eight needy families. Snow wants to thank the stores and the generous strangers for their help. "I knew people had hearts, but with the economy, I knew people were struggling," she said. "This was a miracle."
Good Samaritans get laptop for boy
On Wednesday night, Santa delivered a new laptop computer to the home of Ethan Holmes, a 7-year-old boy who is in a wheelchair because of a degenerative bone disease. But Santa had a few helpers: After reading about Ethan in Wednesday's Pasco Times, a Hudson woman who wished to remain anonymous went to Best Buy, hoping the store's manager might give her a discount for a good cause. Instead, the store gave her the computer for free, said Ethan's mom, Miechelle Holmes. "It's the one thing I really wanted for my son, and I couldn't do it myself," Miechelle Holmes said. She hopes the computer will help Ethan explore the world from his wheelchair, which he must use for the next year or so while his hip heals from Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
Man shot during botched robbery
A man was shot in the chest at a liquor store Tuesday night, according a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. It happened just after 9:30 p.m. during a botched robbery at the A-1 Beverage store at 4930 Moog Road, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. David Gagne, 18, 8947 Harvey Lane, Port Richey, was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted homicide. Bryan David Burke, 18, was shot in the chest. Several rounds struck his vehicle, which had two of his friends inside, leading to the three counts of attempted homicide. Burke, who was at the store to meet a friend, was in serious condition in a local hospital.
Ron Popolillo's Christmas display can be seen from 7 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31 at 29700 Fog Hollow Drive in Wesley Chapel. An incorrect address appeared in Wednesday's paper.
Fitts, Otto B. Jr. "Flag"
Fitzgerald, Donald W.
Johnson, G. "Alan"
Peterson, Evelyn M.
Queer, Martha Gene
Simon, Edith M.
Steinhauer, Joanna C.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.