NEW PORT RICHEY
No foul play suspected in porch death
Authorities do not suspect foul play in the death of a 24-year-old man found Saturday on his front porch on Sutters Mill Road. Emergency workers responding to a 911 call about 9:30 a.m. thought Michael Stanzione might have been shot. Further investigation revealed otherwise, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said. "There are indications at the scene that this was drug-related," Tobin said. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Virginia Perry, the grandmother who raised Stanzione, said she was still trying to figure out what happened to him. "Basically, he was a good kid. I don't want everybody thinking he was just one of those, you know, scumbag drug addicts," she said Monday. "He wasn't like that at all."
Pedestrian struck on U.S. 19 dies
A woman who was struck while crossing U.S. 19 on Saturday has died, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The woman was identified as 48-year-old Beckie M. Wilson of New Port Richey. She was walking west across the road at 10:24 p.m. when she was struck by a Toyota Tundra driven by Shawn C. Hall, 24, of New Port Richey, according to an FHP report. Hall was driving north on the road. Wilson was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where she died Sunday. Investigators determined Hall was not at fault.
No makeup day for Tropical Storm Fay
Remember that day of classes students missed because of Tropical Storm Fay? Forget about it. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has sent a memo to the School Board saying that the district already has met the statutory time line for net hours of education without any added classroom time. So no makeup days will be needed. What's more — this part is for you, district workers — any employees who took a leave of absence Aug. 19 would get the hours back under the plan, too. The board is scheduled to give its blessing to the "hurricane day" today.
Board to hold hearing on budget
The Pasco County School Board is slated to adopt its 2008-09 budget after a final public hearing at 6 p.m. today. The $1.2-billion plan keeps the tax rate at $7.20 per $1,000 of taxable value, while overall spending is decreasing 5.71 percent from a year ago. District employees plan to protest because the budget does not include raises. Board members and administrators caution that the budget is likely to shrink further as the state's tax revenue decreases. The hearing will take place in the district board room, 7205 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Building 3.
Kramer, Eleanore "Nora"
Lingle, William R.
Long, Frank H.
Longworth, Keith Scott
Moore, Anne-Marie C.
Pomeroy, Garrett David
Woods, Joseph Patrick
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.