NEW PORT RICHEY
Other crimes alleged, added to salon heists
This week, Shane Hunter, 32, was arrested and charged with robbing three different times a tanning salon in Seven Springs. On Friday, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said he is the same man who last Sunday robbed a waitress of her tip money while she was on a break outside Central Park Family Restaurant. Hunter, of 7418 Abington Ave. in New Port Richey, faces multiple counts of robbery and is being held in the Pasco jail in lieu of $165,000 bail. Authorities also suspect him in another attack on Sunday — a purse snatching that left a 73-year-old New Port Richey woman in the hospital with a broken hip. After his arrest at the tanning salon, deputies said he confessed and said he needed money to support his prescription pill habit.
Gun range decision postponed till Nov.
Decisions regarding an outdoor gun range proposed for property off State Road 52 near U.S. 41 have been postponed at the developer's request. The new dates are expected to be Nov. 5 for the Planning Commission at the historic courthouse in Dade City and Dec. 4 for the County Commission meeting at the West Pasco Government Center. Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Barbara Wilhite, the attorney for developer Skip Drish, asked county planners to postpone the hearings because of "concerns about notice." She also said a neighborhood meeting would be scheduled with residents. Drish wants to build a gun range to train law enforcement officers and the public on 13 acres of ranch land owned by Watson family. The range, which would sit between the aviation-themed neighborhood Pilot Country and the equestrian-themed Pasco Trails, has drawn opposition from homeowners' associations there.
Election Day lines may be extra long
Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is warning about long lines at the polls for the Nov. 6 general election because of a longer-than-usual ballot. There are 11 proposed amendments to consider, which pushes the ballot to two pages. Coupled with a high turnout for the presidential race, Corley expects folks to be in the voting booth longer than normal. To avoid the long lines, he said, "you definitely should consider a vote-by-mail ballot." Ballots can be ordered on pasco votes.com or by calling (800) 851-8754. Ballot requests are accepted through Oct. 31. Early voting also will be offered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 through Nov. 3 at seven locations across the county.
Only days left for Debby damage help
Have you still not applied for federal disaster assistance to cover damage from Tropical Storm Debby? There's only a couple more days. Applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are due Tuesday. The assistance goes toward a variety of disaster-related expenses and could come in the form of grants or low-interest loans. People who have not yet registered or who have questions about applications should call FEMA toll free at 1-800-621-3362. The Small Business Administration can be reached toll free at 1-800-659-2955.