County seeks Volunteers to clean up parks
Pasco's parks department is joining those in many other cities and counties in the Tampa Bay area in designating Thursday as "Parks Cleanup Day." The county invites people or groups to volunteer for projects at Pasco parks. Contact parks and recreation supervisor Alex Fasano at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 834-3278.
Projects include the following:
• Robert Strickland Memorial Park (Hudson Beach): Rake and clean up sand areas; weed, trim and clean up plant beds.
• Robert Rees Memorial Park (Green Key Beach): Rake and clean up sand areas; weed, trim and clean up plant beds; rebuild and paint picnic tables; trim palm trees.
• Anclote River Park: Paint entrance wall.
• Anclote Gulf Park: Weed, trim and clean up plant beds.
• Key Vista Park: Clean up brush along trails and walking paths; clean up debris along the coast.
• Mitchell Park: Replace chain-link fencing on sports fields.
• Veterans Memorial Park: Weed and clean up plant and flower beds.
• Starkey Wilderness Park: Trim vegetation along roads and trails; mulch shelter, pavilion and walkway areas.
• John S. Burks Memorial Park: Paint picnic tables; mulch parking area islands; trim trees.
• Crews Lake Park: Paint observation tower; sand and paint playground equipment.
• Arthur F. Engle Memorial Park: Sand and paint baseball concession building stairs; sand and paint playground equipment.
• Lake Lisa Park: Trim vegetation along trail; sand and paint playground equipment; clear exotic plants and brush around lake.
• Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex: Install chain-link fencing on sports fields; sand and paint picnic tables; paint restrooms; trim trees.
• Sam Pasco Recreation Complex: Paint car stops and picnic tables; install chain-link fencing on sports fields; pressure-wash concrete surfaces.
• Shady Hills Community Center: Sand and paint playground equipment.
• Suncoast Trail: Trim vegetation away from trail.
• Wesley Chapel District Park: Paint picnic tables; weed and clean up plant beds.
• Withlacoochee River Park: Water-seal dock and canoe launch and cracker house, church and trading post buildings.
Deputies say teen shot self, then lied
Joshua C. Cross was angry with his neighbor and wanted to get him into trouble, authorities say. So about 12:30 a.m. Friday, authorities say, the 18-year-old shot himself in the stomach and the rear with a pellet gun and called the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to blame his foe. His plan backfired. "After investigating the incident, the defendant admitted to shooting himself with a pellet rifle," the sheriff's report says. It says Cross' girlfriend and the neighbor "were not getting along," so Cross concocted the scheme. Cross, 10013 Woodland Drive in Hudson, was charged with filing a false report to law enforcement. He was released from jail Friday on $150 bail.