New Port Richey
Sex offender on probation sent back to jail
A 43-year-old former substitute teacher who had sex with a 16-year-old student is back in jail. Lisa Marinelli was arrested Tuesday on a charge of violating her probation. A warrant states that on Oct. 23 Marinelli "refused to comply with the requirement of carrying her (electronic monitoring) device with her at all times when outside of her residence, as evidenced by Global Positioning Monitoring." The length of time on the lam? Barely five minutes. From "8:34:18 p.m. to 8:39:06 p.m.," the document states. Marinelli has been on probation since April 2009 when she pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. She received a year of house arrest, four years of probation and is a registered sex offender. Authorities said she was looking for a boyfriend for her daughter when she became involved with the 16-year-old student at Mitchell High School. Marinelli, of New Port Richey, is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
Representative opens his office
Newly elected state Rep. Richard Corcoran has opened his district office at 7132 Little Road. Corcoran won the Republican primary in August for the district 45 seat and drew no opponents in last month's general election. The district covers parts of southwest Pasco and northern Pinellas counties. His office staff can be reached at (727) 816-1580.
Women's Expo at mall on Saturday
The Tampa Bay Women's Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Gulf View Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19. Representatives from area HCA hospitals, including Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Community Hospital, will offer health screenings, wellness tips and giveaways while supplies last. Admission is free. For information, call 1-877-442-2362.
First United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Cantata at 4 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. A listing Wednesday gave an incorrect address.
Lighthouse plans open house for Monday
Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at its Port Richey location, 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd. The organization's mission is to provide blind and visually impaired persons with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence. For information call (727) 815-0303.