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New Port Richey man accused of flying plane while drunk

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pilot accused of flying plane while drunk

A New Port Richey man was arrested over the weekend, accused of operating a single-engine plane in St. Lucie County while under the influence. David Wayne King, 36, was charged with felony reckless operation of an aircraft while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage after the pilot of a St. Lucie County sheriff's helicopter reported seeing his plane flying very low and trying to land several times about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Palm Beach Post. A passenger in the airplane, 47-year-old John Gibson of Tarpon Springs, also was arrested. Investigators said they found 15 alprazolam pills in his pocket and a pipe with possible marijuana residue. Gibson was arrested on charges including possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. After the single-engine plane landed, King told a Florida Highway Patrol investigator he was a pilot and had flown to the airport in northern St. Lucie County. The FHP official smelled alcohol on King's breath and reported that King's eyes were watery and bloodshot. King said the passenger had a pilot's license as well, though he was "too drunk to fly," the Palm Beach Post reported.

PORT RICHEY

Learn how to clean mold after storm

Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists, who can explain disaster-resistant ways to rebuild and repair damage from Tropical Storm Debby, will be in Pasco County this weekend to offer suggestions on cleaning mold and mildew. They also will provide information on flood insurance. The experts will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the USA Fleamarket at 11721 U.S. 19. For more information on Florida's disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or www.floridadisaster.org.

DADE CITY

Hospice will offer training for teens

HPH Hospice has planned a two-day volunteer training program for teenagers age 14 and older for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the conference room at the HPH Hospice East Pasco Team Office, 37445 Clinton Ave. Attendance on both days is required, and lunch will be provided. Volunteer opportunities include visiting patients at HPH Hospice facilities and working on office and craft projects. Preregistration is required. Call Diana Unger at (813) 780-6797. For additional information, visit hph-hospice.org.

Correction

Pasco County Commission candidate Bill Gunter, a New Port Richey minister, attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. A story in Wednesday's Pasco Times gave an incorrect location for the school.

New Port Richey man accused of flying plane while drunk 08/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 8:59pm]
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