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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.

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Pasco briefs: Man accused of battery killed, charge dropped 05/28/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 30, 2008 7:52pm]
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