Man accused of Probation violation AGAIN
In 1981, Robert Hanson murdered his stepfather by shooting him six times with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver in an Oldsmar bar. Hanson, a decorated Vietnam veteran with paranoid schizophrenia, believed President Ronald Reagan ordered him to do it because his stepfather was a threat to national security. Hanson was sentenced in 1983 to 20 years' probation — which he has violated more than a dozen times. His latest arrest came Monday. Hanson, 59 and now living in Hudson, is accused of violating his probation by drinking alcohol. He is being held without bail in the Pasco County jail. Hanson spent several years in and out of mental hospitals after killing his stepfather. His first probation sentence should have ended years ago, but was extended due to violations. His current probation is supposed to end in 2016, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Retiree charged in rape of 4-year-old
A 61-year-old man is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl. Lawrence Jasper, a retiree from Land O'Lakes, was arrested Monday and is charged with sexual battery. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened April 8 in Land O'Lakes. Jasper's relationship to the girl is being withheld due to the nature of the allegations. A report states Jasper molested the girl while they bathed nude together. Then Jasper made the child watch a pornographic video with him in his bedroom and, afterward, Jasper abused the girl again, authorities said. Jasper told the girl "this was their secret and to not tell anyone," the report states. He is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Hospice to train new volunteers
HPH Hospice volunteer orientation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and 20 at Marliere Hospice Care Center, 6801 Rowan Road. The orientation is for new volunteers who would like to visit hospice patients and provide respite for family caregivers. Registration is required; call Sheena Thompson at (727) 847-5647.
Doctor volunteers needed for seniors
Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc., better known as CARES, is seeking volunteer physicians for the clinic at the CARES Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. The clinic offers medical care for low income and uninsured seniors 55 years and older. Call Pam Healey at (727) 844-3077.