Man accused of operating grow house, meth lab
A 33-year-old man operated a marijuana grow house and a methamphetamine lab from his home on Robin Hood Road, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Jonathan F. Burneakas was arrested Tuesday and is charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana and manufacturing and possessing methamphetamines. He also faces a theft charge on a warrant from Hernando County. Burneakas was being held Wednesday at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $20,500 bail. A report said 19 marijuana plants were found in the house at 12129 Robin Hood Road as well as a bag of meth and equipment to grow marijuana and create meth.
Plan to move vet program protested
Dozens of angry students and parents turned out Tuesday to complain about the Pasco school district's plan to move the veterinary assistant program from Marchman Technical Education Center to Hudson High. Officials said many of the students and parents have mistaken information. Hoping to clarify its position to the public, the district has scheduled a meeting to show the facility and explain its plan at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hudson High, 14410 Cobra Way. The gathering will include Hudson High principal Dave LaRoche and career and technical education director Rob Aguis. The meeting is open to the public.
Schools' policy manual updated
For the first time in decades, the Pasco School Board has completely revised and updated its policy manual. Some teachers objected to portions of the inches-thick set of guidelines, such as a policy stating that district employees should not talk with board members about district concerns or complaints. The board attempted to tackle these issues before adopting the manual, but with limited approval from the United School Employees of Pasco. Now that the policies are official, they will be posted online on a searchable Web site for the first time. To see them, go to www.neola.com/pasco-fl/.
Suwannee River Boys to perform
The Suwannee River Boys Southern gospel music group will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hicks Road Baptist Church, 12219 Hicks Road, Hudson. The group was founded 75 years ago. Current members of the Georgia-based group are tenor Jeff Moreland, baritone Brad Ledbetter and lead Paul Rhoden. The trio has made several CDs and albums.
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