Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco in the know, June 23

HUDSON

FHP: Suspect reached speeds around 100 mph

The Florida Highway Patrol said Joel Ray Derksen was drunk and driving between 96 and 103 mph in a 45 mph zone when he caused a crash in April that killed his passenger. Derksen, 27, was arrested Thursday and charged with DUI causing death and DUI causing damage to property. According to authorities, his blood alcohol level was 0.158, nearly twice the threshold at which state law presumes impairment. About 2:30 a.m. April 14, Derksen was headed east on Hudson Avenue, approaching Pavilion Drive, when the road curved and he lost control of his 2003 Subaru sedan, an FHP report states. The car veered off the road, hit a tree and overturned. Marcella Marie Martin, 25, of Hudson, was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Another passenger, Philip Manuli, 27, of Holiday suffered serious injuries. Both Martin and Manuli were thrown from the car, which landed on its roof. Neither were wearing seat belts. Derksen, who was wearing a seat belt, had minor injuries, officials said. Derksen, of 10501 Woodland Ave. in Hudson, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $20,500 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Radio amateurs to have Field Day

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will culminate Amateur Radio Week with a two-day event called Field Day, an on-the-air event in the United States and Canada. More than 35,000 radio amateurs will gather with clubs, groups or friends to operate their radios from remote locations. Participants practice emergency response capabilities and demonstrate how they help in nonemergency civic events such as marathons or parades. The event is all day today until noon Sunday in the field across from Dobies Funeral Home at Congress Street and Florida Avenue. For more information, call Bill at (727) 869-0784. Talk-in on the club repeater at WA4GBN 146.670 MHz no tone. An East Pasco field day has been planned by the Pasco County Amateur Repeater Group all day today and into Sunday at Blueberry Hill Way and Clay Hill Road outside Dade City. From Interstate 75, head east on Clay Hill Road from exit 293. Talk in on club repeater N9EE 146.640 Mgz.

HUDSON

Volunteers sought to care for cats

The Tampabay Cat Alliance, Inc. seeks volunteers to visit with cats who are up for adoption, to clean their cages and make sure each cat has sufficient water and food. The organization fosters cats and hosts cat adoption events, yard sales and flea markets. For information, call (727) 859-2208 or visit tampabaycat alliance.org.

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Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

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Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

The Lightning has re-signed one of its restricted free agents in backup goalie Louis Domingue, who will be back with Tampa Bay on a two-year deal worth $2.3 million.Domingue, 26, was acquired from Arizona in November after he had posted a 4.33 goals-...
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Lightning names ex-player Jeff Halpern as new assistant coach

Lightning names ex-player Jeff Halpern as new assistant coach

The Lightning has filled one of the openings on Jon Cooper's coaching staff, announcing Friday  that former Tampa Bay forward Jeff Halpern has been hired as an assistant coach.Halpern, 42, has spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the ...
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Lane Kiffin, FAU agree to contract extension through 2027

Lane Kiffin, FAU agree to contract extension through 2027

Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic have agreed to a contract extension that would keep one of college football's most controversial coaches in Boca Raton through the 2027 season, the Owls announced Friday."Obviously, this came about because of the succ...
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Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

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Steve Yzerman: Lightning won’t re-sign forward Chris Kunitz

Steve Yzerman: Lightning won’t re-sign forward Chris Kunitz

As expected, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he does not intend to re-sign veteran forward Chris Kunitz, who will seek his fifth Stanley Cup with a different team next season.Kunitz, 38, brought much-needed playoff experience in his lone...
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Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

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Here’s an intriguing set of facts: Coal produces the same percentage of the world’s electricity as it did 20 years ago. Oil and gas remained about level, too.Same for non-fossil fuel sources. In other words, the massive push towards renewables over t...
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Clearwater police search for ‘Bic Bandit’ accused of stealing lighters

Clearwater police search for ‘Bic Bandit’ accused of stealing lighters

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