Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco briefs: Man accused of battery killed, charge dropped

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man who faced Battery charge is shot, killed

Prosecutors this month dropped a charge of aggravated battery against Joshua Gene Coggins because there's no one to prosecute: Coggins was killed in April in an unrelated crime. He was arrested in February and accused of kicking a pregnant woman. He was also one of two men arrested for assaults at a Checkers at State Road 52 and Little Road overrun by gang activity. Then Coggins became a victim: The 22-year-old was gunned down from behind in his Griffin Park neighborhood in April. Jason Brian Waterhouse, now 18, was charged this month with manslaughter. Deputies say Coggins was killed after intervening in a dispute between Waterhouse and his girlfriend. Waterhouse remains in the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

PORT RICHEY

Attorney finalists narrowed to three

The City Council narrowed its list of city attorney applicants Tuesday night from six to three. The finalists, who will be interviewed next week, are Joseph A. Poblick, who also serves as Zephyrhills city attorney; Michael J. Brannigan of Brooksville; and Andrew Salzman, the former city attorney of Indian Rocks Beach who was fired earlier this year after internal conflicts with the city's commission. The applicants are vying to replace City Attorney James Mathieu, who was ousted last month for his personal ties with two former council members. City Council will hold a special meeting to interview the top three candidates and possibly make a selection at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Give feedback
on school plan

The Pasco school district will take public input on its proposed strategic plan for workforce development during an hourlong town hall meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Seven Springs Middle School, 2441 Little Road. The district has made plans to have at least one career academy at each of its high schools within the next two years. During this session, superintendent Heather Fiorentino will present the draft plan and accept recommendations for changes. If you plan to attend, the district asks that you call (727) 774-2259. Another town hall meeting will be held in eastern Pasco later in June.

Pasco deaths

Buchanan, Regis

Chevoor, Karen B.

Crisson, Charles E. Jr.

Curreri, Benjamin

Desio, Carolyn

Janevski, Vasil Lazar "Bill"

Kotryes, Joy

Lomax, Mary Elizabeth Bush

Mamo, Eric Joseph

Martinez, Luis

Rivera, Jose H.

Sheldon, Lillian (Stormes)

Wingertzahn, Bette

Yowik, Alexander J.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Comments
Police arrest suspect in Waffle House shooting

Police arrest suspect in Waffle House shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The suspect in a quadruple homicide at a Nashville Waffle House was taken into custody Monday, police said. Authorities had mounted a massive manhunt for 29-year-old Travis Reinking, after the Sunday morning attacks. Authorities an...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
With lights from Toys R Us dimmed, sales plunge at Hasbro

With lights from Toys R Us dimmed, sales plunge at Hasbro

Associated PressNEW YORK — With its sales falling due to the liquidation of Toys R Us, Hasbro is looking for new places to sell Monopoly, My Little Pony and its other toys. Hasbro said Monday it will rely more on online sales, although it has also be...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Late-round NFL draft picks are often made on a wing and a prayer.The Bucs' fourth-round pick Saturday will be no different. The team announced Monday that as part of the NFL draft TV broadcast, the team's fourth-round pick will be delivered to an ann...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police: Infant in stolen St. Petersburg car left in parking lot; driver on loose

Police: Infant in stolen St. Petersburg car left in parking lot; driver on loose

ST. PETERSBURG — A person stole a car with an 8-month-old boy inside on Monday afternoon, then ditched the child in an apartment parking lot before driving off, police said.The boy was found safe in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 800 71st...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Shaquem Griffin on TODAY show: ‘I’m not limited to nothing’

Shaquem Griffin on TODAY show: ‘I’m not limited to nothing’

Shaquem Griffin's ability to play football without a left hand has made him the talk of the NFL draft. But the former Lakewood High and UCF star is determined to silence such talk with his play."It gets tiring," Griffin said today...
Updated: 1 hour ago
US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

WASHINGTON — A Baltimore hospital says a wounded U.S. veteran has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the transplant included the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. They say the patient h...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sears’ biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

Sears’ biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

Associated PressNEW YORK — Sears’ biggest shareholder appears to be pushing for a breakup of the 125-year-old company that has survived two world wars and the Great Depression. Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert — whose hedge fund has forwarded millions...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lucky’s Market hosting job fairs in St. Petersburg ahead of June opening

Lucky’s Market hosting job fairs in St. Petersburg ahead of June opening

ST. PETERSBURG — Job fairs to fill more than 100 jobs open at Tampa Bay’s first Lucky’s Market start this week, the organic grocer announced on Monday. The grocery store, located at 6765 22nd Ave. N, is hosting hiring fairs Monday through Friday unti...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

TAMPA — A man with a history of arrests for roadside soliciting has been found dead at the side of a road. Jess Paez, 51, was identified by Tampa police Monday as the victim of an apparent hit-and-run crash over the weekend. His body was found about ...
Updated: 1 hour ago