Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco deputies continue investigations into woman's disappearance

WESLEY CHAPEL

Deputies look for clues in disappearance

The search continued Tuesday for a woman who has been missing for weeks and whose boyfriend, Timothy Dean Arnold, killed himself Sunday night. In a news conference Tuesday morning, Sheriff Chris Nocco said deputies are continuing forensics and missing person investigations for Linda V. Losacano, 49. He and Sgt. James Sessa would not comment further about evidence found Monday that may suggest foul play in the case. Losacano and Arnold's family members could not be reached for comment. Kylie, the couple's 5-year-old daughter, is in the custody of her aunt, Connie Losacano.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Principal decides to retire earlier

Emily Keene had been scheduled to retire in December 2013. Instead, she's ending her time as West Zephyrhills Elementary School principal in June. "I just decided to go out a little bit early," said Keene, who has led West Zephyrhills for 11 years. "There are other things I want to do." Keene joined the school district in 1982, serving as a teacher for 14 years before joining the administration. District leaders have given her high marks for running a high-performing, A-rated school. The ad for her job went up Monday and closes Friday. The principal's job at Double Branch Elementary also is advertised. Principal Peggy Lewis has been slated to retire.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Local buyer wins $55,000 in lottery

A Fantasy 5 ticket worth $55,000 was sold at J's Marathon at 8549 Old County Road 54. The winning numbers in Monday's drawing — 09-20-28-31-33 — were on a Quick Pick ticket, according to the Florida Lottery. Three other tickets with the winning numbers were sold at convenience stores in Orlando, Gainesville and Winter Garden. Each winner will receive $55,254.63.

Corrections

• Phillip Franco is an adjuster with Felton Professional Service. Due to incorrect information provided to the Times, a notice in Saturday's paper about an upcoming sinkhole discussion panel misstated his name and title.

• Jim "Mudcat'' Grant, who grew up in Lacoochee, had a notable career in Major League Baseball, but he is not a member of the Hall of Fame. A story on Sunday was incorrect on that point.

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Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

On a Wednesday morning, a mother and her little girl, not quite 2, went for a stroll along one of Tampa’s prettiest streets.It was nearly lunchtime when they were crossing back over Bayshore Boulevard, headed to the home nearby where they were stayin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
At Pinellas Park’s iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

At Pinellas Park’s iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

PINELLAS PARK — The iconic model train store that has sat at U.S. 19 and Haines Road for close to 30 years announced on its website it will be moving to another location."It’s difficult trying to stock a store that’s bigger than the reality is these ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

PALM HARBOR — The long, strange saga of the Wall Springs Park observation tower is finally coming to a close as county officials hope the rebuilt structure, along with refurbished decking leading up to it, will be open in time for the Fourth of July....
Updated: 10 hours ago
Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

SAFETY HARBOR — Denis Phillips cracks a pop-top and pulls a can that looks a lot like him to his lips."It’s got that citrusy feel to it," he says. "Which is a Florida thing. That’s not bad." Indeed, there’s a grapefruit finish to Rule #7 Hurricane Sa...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

TAMPA — Joe Capitano Sr. invested in the 1400 block of E Seventh Avenue in 1985, never doubting the huge potential of the property for Ybor City.But the deal to build a $52 million boutique hotel on the site didn’t start to come together until six ye...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Having lost two straight and nine of 12 times overall to the Red Sox, the Rays needed two things to go right Thursday:First, a strong start from Blake Snell.Second, some early runs against Rick Porcello from an offense that had...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Home cooking clearly agrees with OF Denard Span. The 34-year-old Tampa product continues to deliver, producing at the plate, running the bases, making diving catches in the outfield, and Thursday, even going over the short sidewall twice in hot pursu...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

TAMPA — This much is clear: The National Football League is focused on getting rid of kneeling players.That was the league's announcement Wednesday in requiring players to stand during the national anthem before games or possibly have their tea...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays once again will ‘open’ with relievers this weekend

Rays once again will ‘open’ with relievers this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays weren't kidding about being serious that starting relievers gives them the best chance to win.So much so, they plan to do so again this weekend against the Orioles — in all three games. The plan is for Sergio Rom...
Updated: 6 hours ago