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One Pasco teacher resigns; another gets unpaid suspension

LAND O'LAKES

Teacher quits; another is suspended

A teacher accused of helping students on the FCAT has resigned from the Pasco County school district rather than face further investigation. Cynthia Moyers, a fourth-grade teacher at Anclote Elementary School, submitted her resignation effective June 6. The School Board accepted it on Tuesday. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino had recommended firing Moyers. The board has also meted a 10-day unpaid suspension for Sunlake High teacher Gail Fearn, who had been accused of a physical altercation with a student. Fearn was removed from her classroom in the spring after the allegations were reported. Two other disciplinary cases remain unresolved. The School Board is making plans to hear the appeals of Pasco High teacher Gregory Popovich, accused of a violent classroom outburst that led to a student being injured with shards of broken glass, and Dolores Conley, a bus driver accused of texting while driving. Fiorentino has recommended firing both employees.

HUDSON

Authorities say man stole snacks

It was just after midnight Thursday, authorities say, when Gilbert Smith shattered the front door at A-1 Discount Beverages to help himself to some snacks. Smith, a regular customer, stepped over the shattered glass and walked toward the ice cream cooler in the convenience store at 13508 Hicks Road, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The 46-year-old took some Skittles, Kit Kats and Snickers, along with cookies and ice cream, said one of the store's owners, Mukesh Amin. The break-in was captured on the store's surveillance cameras. Smith fled into the woods, deputies said, and was arrested when he returned to the store a short time later. He was charged with burglary and taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where he remained without bail Friday on an unrelated contempt of court charge pertaining to child support. "He stole about $10 (of snacks) and caused $250 worth of damage," Amin said. "I wish he would have stolen more stuff for all the trouble."

NEW PORT RICHEY

Items galore at St. Stephen's store

St. Stephen's Thrift Shop will have a storewide sale from Friday through July 8, with all items 50 percent off unless otherwise marked. The shop is at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information, call (727) 846-1378.

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One Pasco teacher resigns; another gets unpaid suspension 06/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2011 8:28pm]
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