Student tasered in altercation with deputy
A Pasco sheriff's deputy used a Taser on a 16-year-old high school student Thursday morning after, he said, she kicked and punched him and wouldn't let go of his shirt. Cpl. Richard Bynum, a resource officer at Fivay High School, was standing in the school's hallway about 9 a.m. when the girl burst from the student services office, shoved him in the chest and tried to push past him, Bynum wrote in a report. Bynum grabbed her by the arms, the report says, but the girl's sister, also 16, and mother, 35, came out and also started to punch him. School officials pulled the mother and sister away, but the girl kept beating the deputy, the report says. That's when Bynum used his Taser "to get the defendant to stop fighting," the report says. The girl was evaluated at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, then taken to the juvenile assessment center along with her sister. The girls and their mother were all charged with battery on law enforcement and disturbing a school assembly. The Times is withholding their names because the girls are juveniles. Summer Robertson, spokeswoman for the school district, said she could not discuss why the woman and two girls were on campus due to student confidentiality laws, saying only that it was for a "valid educational purpose." She said documents do not show any prior conflict between the student and Bynum.
DUI and license checks planned
The Dade City Police Department will conduct a DUI and driver's license checkpoint from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday to educate the public and remove impaired drivers from the road. "All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers," said Dade City police Chief Ray Velboom. "This DUI/driver's license checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license." As weather and traffic volume permits, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested. Police encourage the public to help keep roadways safe by dialing 911 if they see a driver who appears impaired.
Romney campaign needs volunteers
The local Romney Ryan Victory offices are looking for volunteers to help with canvassing efforts starting Saturday and running through Nov. 6. Volunteers are needed to knock on doors, attend local rallies or make phone calls from the Republican presidential campaign offices in Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey or Hudson. For information, call Tyler Cash at the Romney Victory Center in Wesley Chapel at (813) 345-8577; Kayla Bartle at the New Port Richey office at (727) 807-3267; or the Hudson office at (727) 863-5400.
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Spelling bee, just for adults, Sept. 13
The West Pasco Chamber has planned an adults-only spelling bee fundraiser for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. Proceeds benefit educational charities and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $10. For information, call (727) 842-7651 or visit westpasco.com/spellingbee.php.