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Pasco briefs: Gas leak shuts down part of U.S. 19 for about an hour

PORT RICHEY

Gas leak shuts part of U.S. 19 about an hour

Fire Rescue officials shut down a stretch of U.S. 19 for about an hour Tuesday evening after a gas leak was reported at the Congo River miniature golf course, which is under construction. The highway was closed in both directions shortly before 5 p.m. from Jasmine Boulevard to Coventry Drive, and the Holiday Inn Express next door to the golf course was evacuated. By 6 p.m., the leak had been capped, traffic was moving and the hotel was back open, fire officials said.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Charge reduced in

Chasco Fiesta case

The murder charge has been reduced against the man accused of gunning down another man during a melee at the Chasco Fiesta. Max Wesley Horn Jr. was originally arrested on a charge of first-degree murder after the March 30 shooting of 34-year-old Joe Martell, but prosecutors reduced the charge to second-degree murder last month. First-degree murder involves an intent to kill. Second-degree murder involves an intent to do harm with ill will or malice. "After we took some more testimony from witnesses, we felt it was a clear-cut case of murder two," said Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis. Horn could still face up to life in prison, however. His defense attorney, Keith Hammond, declined to comment. Horn, 46, has pleaded not guilty to the newest charge.

Pasco deaths

Bateman, Betty L.

Chisholm, Durward

Cockey, John L.

Esteve, Maria

Graff, Lloyd E.

Leyden, Robert J.

Mapes, Marianne M.

Morrison, Martin P.

Morrissey, Richard R.

Perry, Kevin J.

Pitilli, Frank

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Pasco briefs: Gas leak shuts down part of U.S. 19 for about an hour 05/06/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 3:14pm]
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