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Parents warned of man offering student a ride

NEW PORT RICHEY

Parents warned of man offering student a ride

A J.W. Mitchell High School student told authorities that an unknown man approached him last week and offered him a ride to school, but sheriff's deputies have not made any arrests. "Your mom said that you missed the bus, hop in and I'll give you a ride," the man told the student, according to a letter principal Ric Mellin sent home to parents. The student refused the ride. He described the driver as a white, clean-shaven male wearing a baseball cap, Mellin wrote. The driver had a four-door older-model car painted dark red. The incident happened Thursday on Swamp Rose Lane in the Thousand Oaks East subdivision in Trinity. No abductions of students have occurred in Pasco recently, Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said. "Students are pretty savvy nowadays about what's right and what's wrong if someone tries to approach them," he said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.

Love shiitake mushrooms?

Ever wanted to grow your own shiitake mushrooms? Find out how — and learn about the fungi's health benefits — at a workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Items will be available for sale. Register by calling (727) 853-1265.

Historical society features writer

The West Pasco Historical Society will present Jeff Klinkenberg, Florida culture columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. He will discuss rural and country stories. The society is at 6431 Circle Blvd. in downtown New Port Richey. Refreshments will be served. For information call (727) 847-0680 or (727) 849-1675.

LAND O'LAKES

Teens accused in armed burglary

Three teenagers were arrested Sunday after deputies said they broke into a home on Penny Loop and attacked three people sitting in the living room. Kody Chesser, 18, and Zebadia Bennett, 19, were charged with armed burglary. Michael Gutierrez, 19, faces burglary with assault charges. The three men are being held at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. A 17-year-old boy, whose name the Times is withholding because of his age, also was involved in the attack, deputies said. The four teens attacked three people in the Penny Loop home with a knife and metal baton, according to the arrest report. The victims suffered minor injuries. Chesser, who used to live at the address, told deputies he wanted to kill one of the victims, according to the arrest report.

Pasco deaths

Ashley, Mary

Burger, Edna

Colebrook, Paul R.

Francis, Edward A.

Mierley, Sarah M.

Smith, Gerald Arthur

Spivey, Adelaide Della

Zmich, Evelyn H.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Parents warned of man offering student a ride 08/25/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 1:22pm]
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