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Pasco corrections deputy faces DUI charge


Corrections deputy arrested on dui charge

A corrections deputy at the Pasco County jail was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of DUI. John James McClafferty, 37, was pulled over a few minutes before midnight, after a deputy saw him turn from U.S. 19 onto State Road 52, nearly heading into oncoming traffic, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. McClafferty had "a strong odor of alcohol" on his breath and "bloodshot and glassy" eyes, the report said. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.072 and 0.067, just below the 0.08 threshold at which Florida law presumes impairment, but McClafferty failed the field sobriety tests, the report said. He told deputies he had four or five drinks. McClafferty, who began working at the jail in 2007, was charged with DUI and released on bail. He is on unpaid leave until the charge is resolved.


New hospital taking applications

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is now accepting applications for medical staff who want hospital privileges when it opens this fall. "Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will provide excellent health care focused on whole person wellness and our staff will be an integral part of that," Brian Adams, chief executive officer of the hospital, said in a news release. A member of the Florida Hospital Tampa Bay Division and Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant nonprofit health care system in the United States, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will open with 80 beds but is designed to grow with the community and expand to 291 beds. Its target market is Pasco, northern Hillsborough and southern Hernando counties. For information about submitting a medical staff application, contact the hospital's medical staff office at (813) 929-5496 or email Professionals interested in employment positions with the hospital may visit

Food truck rally scheduled tonight

Wesley Chapel will have a food truck rally from 5 to 8 tonight at Mini of Wesley Chapel, 26645 State Road 56. The rally, organized by the Pink Panthers Relay for Life team, will benefit the Wiregrass Relay for Life project. For information, contact Jan Roberts at or at (813) 758-0106.


Learn how it all began for Old Glory

The West Pasco Historical Society will show the DVD Many Faces of Old Glory: the Shot Heard Round the World, a presentation on the history of how the U.S. flag came about, at 1 p.m. May 12 at its museum, 6431 Circle Blvd. The new board of trustees and officers of the historical society will be sworn in before the showing. For information, contact Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.

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