NEW PORT RICHEY
Officials seize 183 pot plants from back yard
Receiving tips that a man was growing marijuana in his back yard and even bragging about it on the Internet, undercover detectives did their own flyover of the man's house and found a field of illicit weeds, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported. Detectives searched the home Tuesday and seized 183 marijuana plants, as well as more than two pounds of marijuana, one shotgun and one .38-caliber revolver with the serial number filed off, the Sheriff's Office said. Louis J. Chrissikos, 46, of 6504 Ridge Top Drive, was charged with cultivation and felony possession of marijuana. The Sheriff's Office said additional charges are pending for being a felon in possession of a firearm and having a weapon with an altered serial number. Chrissikos has been released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail.
ATV on road, bad; stolen one, worse
Driving a stolen all-terrain vehicle Wednesday morning on Decubellis Road, Steven Rios ran into exactly the wrong person: Sheriff Bob White. White pulled over the 24-year-old because he was driving the ATV on the road, which is illegal, according to a sheriff's report. Deputies later arrived and found that the ATV had been stolen from RideNow Powersports of Clearwater, the report said. They arrested Rios, of 6631 Shady Acres Blvd., and charged him with grand theft and driving with a suspended license. He was released early Thursday on $10,000 bail.
Teachers to rally, protest budget
Pasco teachers, non-instructional employees and their supporters are planning to picket outside and inside Tuesday's School Board meeting in what they're calling the "Do the Right Thing Rally." They want to go on record in protest of the superintendent's recommended budget, which does not include raises, employees association president Lynne Webb said. "We want the School Board and superintendent to do the right thing by the employees of the Pasco school system." The organization began planning the event this week, and asked people to send letters to board members making clear their displeasure with the $1.2-billion spending plan. Board chairwoman Kathryn Starkey said she's received dozens of letters already. "I am saying (in response) I really wish we could give steps and raises, but unfortunately the state is in a budget crisis … and there is no money available," Starkey said. The board is scheduled to adopt its 2008-09 budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Gross, Margaret M.
Kinney, Thomas A. Sr.
Nolte, Mialma L.
Pittarelli, Raymond J.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.