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Pasco briefs: Worker sues Port Richey; says city violated American with Disabilities Act


Worker says city violated disabilities act

A city employee who says he had a heart attack last year during an argument with the city manager has filed a notice of intent to sue the city for $1.5-million. The complaint stems not from Rocky Schmidt's heart attack on Aug. 19, but from the aftermath: Tampa attorney Michelle Rosamond said then-City Manager Richard Reade blocked Schmidt from returning to his job as public works supervisor, citing his health problems. In a letter sent to the city last month, Rosamond argues the city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing accommodations so Schmidt could return to his job. Schmidt, 53, has worked for the city for 19 years. After he declined to take a different position as an electrician or welder, Schmidt was placed on unpaid sick leave. Reade, who was ousted by City Council last month, could not be reached Monday.


$1M lottery winner claims her prize

The Florida Lottery announced Monday that $200-Million Spectacular Scratch-Off game winner Jackulynn R. Boos, 34, of Zephyrhills, claimed the first $1-million top prize at Florida Lottery headquarters. Boos chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option for her winnings in the amount of $755,074.50. She purchased her winning ticket at 7-Eleven at 38544 Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills. The new $10 scratch-off game, $200-Million Spectacular, was launched Dec. 30 and features more than $220-million in prizes. The game has 19 $1-million top prizes remaining.


Village Inn diner at SR 54 closes

The Village Inn at State Road 54 and Duck Slough Boulevard has closed. A spokesman for the Colorado-based diner chain, known for its breakfast menu, did not return a phone message Monday. A sign on the door of the restaurant at Trinity Village Center urges customers to visit the Village Inn location in Land O'Lakes and thanks them "for two great years."


Commissioner to discuss spending

County Commissioner Michael Cox will answer questions on county spending and other topics at a forum Thursday. The Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will have a public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. The alliance represents 67 neighborhood groups in the county. Anyone attending may ask questions.


Hernando-Pasco Hospice has a grief support group that meets from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O'Lakes. An item Sunday gave an incorrect day.

Pasco deaths

Colwell, John Earl

Gabrielski, Ann

Grove, Oscar H. Jr.

Guetta, Christine

Kralovic, Thomas J.

Larson, Ida T.

Lehr, Clyde H. "Hootie"

Lessard, Ernest John "E.J."

Peek, Edward Gene

Poulos, Gust

Smith, Richard P.

Waldron, Judith A.

Witty, Joseph J. "Joe"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Pasco briefs: Worker sues Port Richey; says city violated American with Disabilities Act

01/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 7:59pm]
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