NEW PORT RICHEY
Man arrested in gas station robbery
A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, bandanna and sunglasses robbed a gas station at gunpoint Saturday morning, getting away with about $400. Within hours, authorities say, a suspect was in custody having confessed to that robbery and another one.
Jonthomas Lore, 5943 Montana Ave., is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail, charged with two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon.
The Sheriff's Office says Lore drove to the Marathon station on Old County Road 54 about 9:30 a.m., walked in, covered his face and stuck a gun in the clerk's face while he emptied the cash drawer.
He drove away in a red Dodge truck, the report says. A short time later, a red Dodge truck was pulled over at Congress Street and Missouri Avenue. Lore was inside, the report says, along with $384.75 in cash and a handgun.
House hopeful Ubele promises gas tax cut
John Ubele, a non-party candidate for District 46 House of Representatives, sent out automated calls over the weekend promising voters he would try to cut gasoline taxes to save them money.
That would not be an easy task: Gov. Charlie Crist and state Sen. Mike Fasano earlier this year tried to cut the state gas tax by 10 cents for just two weeks this summer. Fasano wanted to dip into the state's general fund to make up for the $50-million loss. The plan went nowhere.
On Monday, Ubele, a 30-year-old leader in a white separatist group, would not say how exactly his plan would work. He said the mass media have demonized his role trying to organize white people, so he is uncomfortable explaining his political positions.
Ubele spent $1,500 on the automated calls, according to expenditure reports.