Deputies seek man involved in three robberies
Pasco deputies are looking for a robber who recently hit three U.S. 19 businesses, targeting stores where a female clerk appears to be working alone. The first holdup happened about 7 p.m. July 26 at the $5 Fashions at 9592 U.S. 19. The man pointed a sharp, dark-colored object at the clerk, took money from the register and fled in a red car. Four days later, a man went to the Radio Shack at 10031 U.S. 19, threatened the clerk with pepper spray and took money from the register. Another clerk in the back room saw the man leaving in a late 1990s model, four-door red Buick. The latest robbery happened just before 8 p.m. Aug. 2, when a man jumped over the counter at the Days Inn Suites at 10826 U.S. 19 and grabbed a handful of bills from the register before fleeing. In each case, the man appears to be between 20 and 30 years old, weighs between 150 and 170 pounds and is about 6 feet to 6-feet-4, Major Crimes Sgt. Eric Seltzer said. Anyone with information should call Pasco sheriff's Detective Michael Rosa toll-free at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 2534.
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Get a ride to Citizens hearing
State Sen. Mike Fasano and the group Policyholders of Florida are coordinating bus service to the Sept. 13 hearing on the proposal to dramatically raise sinkhole insurance rates. Under the proposal by Citizens Property Insurance Co., sinkhole rates in coastal Pasco would increase from $1,270 to $3,598. The Office of Insurance Regulation will conduct a public hearing on the proposal from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. To secure a seat, call Fasano's office at (727) 848-5885.
Annexation step looks to aid airport
City officials took the first step Monday night toward annexing 42 acres for a possible runway expansion at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The acreage off Chancey and Tucker roads, at the north end of the airport, consists of two vacant parcels: 17.5 acres the city purchased in May from Acme Development Corp., and 24.5 acres owned by Acme. City Council members voted on the two annexation petitions as one measure. It comes back for a final vote Sept. 12. While there is no plan now for a runway expansion, that could change as a consultant creates the Airport Master Plan, city manager Jim Drumm said. The city has other airport improvement plans, both on the drawing board and in the works, including new runway lighting, parking lot paving, runway rehabilitation and a new terminal. The city hopes the amenities will help lure more air traffic to the airport.