NEW PORT RICHEY
Motorcyclist is hit by turning car, dies later
A woman turning out of a shopping center onto State Road 54 on Thursday afternoon struck and killed a motorcyclist, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The 66-year-old man has been identified as Allen Robert Hall of New Port Richey. An FHP report said Marsha Goslin Itro, 66, of New Port Richey was driving a 1995 Honda sedan, leaving the Bealls shopping center just west of Rowan Road about 3:40 p.m. She pulled into the path of the westbound motorcycle, which struck the left side of the Honda and threw the rider off. Hall was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he died. The crash blocked traffic on SR 54 for several hours, the FHP said. Itro was treated for minor injuries.
Farmers to share harvest with needy
Local farmers will share some of their bounty Dec. 12 through the annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway. Low-income families and recipients of Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and food stamps are eligible to participate in this giveaway, which includes fresh food donated by Florida's farmers. The giveaway runs from 10 a.m. to noon (organizers emphasize that no food will be given out before 10 a.m.) Dec. 12 at the North Trinity Self Parking Lot, Center of Seven Springs Shopping Center at the corner of Little Road and Old County Road 54 (4124 Little Road). For information, call the office of state Sen. Mike Fasano at (727) 848-5885 or toll-free at 1-800-948-5885, or the office of state Rep. John Legg at (727) 869-8600.
'Howliday' fest is SPCA fundraiser
The second annual Howliday Festival of Lights kicks off from 5 to 8 p.m. today outside the SPCA Suncoast shelter at 7734 Congress St. The fundraiser will include adoption gift certificates, personalized "leaves" for the new memorial art tree, pet-friendly stocking stuffers and more. The shelter will be open until 8 p.m. for people to meet the animals available for adoption. The shelter is accepting cash donations as well as items from the animals' "wish list," including kitty litter, laundry or dish detergent, bleach, blankets/sheets/towels, hand soap and sanitizer, and dog and cat toys. For information, call (727) 849-1048.
Man accused of propositioning boy
The 17-year-old boy was walking home from a friend's house along Mapleton Lane when a car pulled up beside him. The driver, identified by the Sheriff's Office as 38-year-old Joseph Matthew Abrams, propositioned the teen for sex, at one point claiming to be 17 years old and offering him money. The incident occurred Nov. 28, and the victim later identified Abrams from a photo lineup. Abrams, of 9830 Lema Court, was charged with attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He was released from the Pasco County jail Thursday after posting $10,000 bail.
Beaulieu, Charles R.
Gordon, Grace W.
Kelley, Katherina M.
Kman, Ronald A.
Lauth, Jean M.
Mercer, Mary Lou Qualls
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.