New Port Richey
Drug trafficker gets 25 years in prison, $1M fine
A Pasco County man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for trafficking large amounts of oxycodone by using fraudulent prescriptions and false identities, according to the Florida Attorney General's Office. Christopher Michael Scott, 24, must also pay $1 million in fines. Authorities say Scott obtained large amounts of the potent prescription drug from numerous pharmacies in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. He was arrested in October 2008 while picking up a fraudulent prescription, authorities said. Scott pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in oxycodone over 28 grams and two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Circuit Judge Gregory Holder gave him the minimum mandatory term of 25 years for the trafficking counts and five years for each of the fraud charges, to be served concurrently.
Woman claims her lottery winnings
A Hudson woman has claimed her share of the $6 million jackpot from the April 29 Lotto drawing, opting to take 30 annual payments of $100,000. Linda Kemp was watching the evening news when the winning numbers — 01 - 03 - 09 - 11 - 22 - 26 — crossed the bottom of her TV screen. Recognizing the numbers, she jumped up to check her ticket. "I ran screaming to the bedroom to wake up my husband," she said. "At first, I think he thought the house was on fire or something." When asked what she plans to do with her prize money, Kemp replied, "Retire early and travel around the country." The Sweetbay at 9017 State Road 52, which sold Kemp's ticket, will receive a $7,500 bonus. The other winning ticket was purchased in Panama City Beach.
Blood drive honors man who lost leg
A blood drive in honor of Andrew Hall, the Safety Harbor man whose leg was severed in April when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Hudson High School, Hall's alma mater, at 14410 Cobra Way. The drive will be in front of the school gym. Also, a bowl-a-thon fundraiser will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. May 22 at Leisure Lanes, 12529 U.S. 19, Hudson. The cost is $15 per person for unlimited bowling, with $9 from each bowler going to support Hall, who remains in Bayfront Medical Center. For information, call (727) 868-0204.
Greyhound Rescue to hold meet, greet
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay, Inc. will hold a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 at the Port Richey PETCO, 9638 U.S. 19. Call (813) 971-4732 or visit www.great-greyhound.org.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.