Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco County's week in words

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"An innocent man died because of the choices that I made, not anyone else's choices. That's something that I go to bed with every night."

Brittany Miles, in a video designed to help teenagers avoid the kind of behavior that landed her in jail. Miles was 21 and strung out on drugs when she drove erratically up U.S. 19 and ran from deputies before killing motorcyclist Henry McCain.

"So now you're telling me he's a police officer?"

Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti during a hearing in which he learned defendant Michael Nohejl, left, is a New Port Richey police officer. Tatti had been asked to reduce bail for Noheil, charged with drug trafficking in Hernando County. Instead, he raised it.

"Word spreads pretty fast between (homeless people), between the soup kitchens and homeless shelters and whatnot."

Pasco sheriff's Detective Tim Harris after a warrant was issued for Robert Shelly, 50, for first-degree murder. Shelly is accused of beating a fellow homeless man, Darrell Bland, 53, with a fire log.

"I never thought I'd be standing here.''

Anthony "Billy'' Stinnett, 35, after receiving a citizen service award from the Pasco Sheriff's Office for helping a deputy who was being attacked. Stinnett had himself been in trouble with the law in the past but said saving the deputy was a turning point in his life.

"We have made some tough decisions and we don't always agree on everything. But at the end of the day we have always been able to shake hands and agree that everyone did what they thought was best for the city. I respect my colleagues immensely for that."

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe as he announced he will not seek another term on the City Council.

"I'm convinced that God let us keep you here for seven more years to teach people to love deeply, forgive quickly and to live selflessly. I know you're in that eternal garden right now and probably running marathons and even sleeping standing up.''

Sarah Slusak in a eulogy for her sister, Samantha Slusak, who died seven years after a gymnastics accident left her paralyzed.

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Published: 05/26/18