NEW PORT RICHEY
Candidate catches up on his back taxes
County Commission candidate Matt Matey has paid $2,111 in back property taxes on his New Port Richey home. A tax certificate had been issued this spring for his 2007 taxes, but it was canceled after the taxes were paid Friday. Matey, a Republican running for the southwest Pasco District 3 seat, blamed the delinquent payment on being out of work since June and confusion about paying taxes without an escrow account. He faces Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and Wil Nickerson in the Aug. 26 GOP primary.
Former teacher accused of DUI
A former elementary school teacher was arrested late Friday morning, accused of driving under the influence of pain medication with three children in her van, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report. Authorities charged Tina Adams, 44, with DUI and child neglect. A deputy pulled Adams over after seeing her swerving across several northbound lanes on Little Road near Fox Hollow Drive, the report said. After a short pursuit, Adams stopped her van on the left side of the road, the report said. She got out and nearly fell to the ground; meanwhile, the van started to roll toward the deputy's patrol car, the report said. The deputy parked the van and arrested Adams. She later told a deputy that she had taken Clonazepam, an antianxiety medication, the painkiller oxycodone and the depression medication Prozac, the report said. Adams resigned at Denham Oaks Elementary School in Lutz a year ago August, said Bryan Jack, the supervisor of employee relations for Pasco schools. She was released on $5,250 bail.
Child abuser is given five years
Jessica Astle pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated child abuse, agreeing to spend five years in prison for physically abusing an 18-month-old girl in 2006. The toddler's skull was fractured and she had dozens of bruises, deputies said. Pasco authorities said Astle, then 20, admitted to hitting and dropping the toddler twice. The child was not expected to suffer any lasting effects, the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office said. Authorities did not disclose the relationship between the child and Astle, whose last confirmed address was in the Citrus County town of Hernando. Astle was actually given a 10-year prison sentence, but under the terms of the plea deal, the judge suspended five years. After prison, Astle will spend five years on probation. She'll have to take parenting classes and undergo testing and treatment for any mental health and substance abuse issues.
Arthur, Donna M.
Baker, John S. "Jack"
Bledsoe, Anna L.
Cadieux, Jeanette A.
Griffin, Jerry Eugene
Johnson, Bertha G. "Bert"
Kaller, Delores E.
Okazaki, Ryoichi "Roy"
Schurdell, Paul M.
Washburn, Clarence E.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.