Man wanted in drug shooting found in stuart
A Pasco County man wanted on a warrant of attempted murder was arrested Wednesday in Stuart on the east coast by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Troy Anthony "Ice" Garner, 22, is accused of shooting a 34-year-old man in a drug deal gone wrong, authorities said. The victim, Evan Cesarek, of Holiday, went to 5639 Cheyenne Drive in Holiday on Jan. 9. to confront someone, detectives say. Cesarek was shot in the face and buttocks. Pasco Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said Cesarek was in intensive care for some time but has now been released. "He's very lucky to be alive," Tobin said. In fact, Cesarek has been arrested twice since the shooting, on charges of DUI causing property damage and retail theft, Pasco Sheriff's records show. Days after the shooting the Pasco Sheriff's Office announced Garner was a suspect. Information led detectives to Stuart, where federal and local agents arrested Garner, who is charged with attempted second-degree murder. He is being held at the Martin County jail, awaiting transfer to Pasco County.
GOP activist drops out of county race
Citing an "overloaded" slate of candidates in the District 3 County Commission race, GOP activist Wil Nickerson said Wednesday he is dropping out. In a resignation letter, Nickerson said he made the decision with a "heavy heart" but said he could not compete with "others who have unlimited resources and name recognition." Nickerson, who also ran for the seat in 2008, was one of several candidates who did not collect the nearly 3,000 signatures to get on ballot without paying a qualifying fee. There are now five Republicans and one Democrat vying to replace County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, who declined to run for an eighth term.
New ideas for city seal to be explored
Does Dade City's seal need a new look? Retired schoolteacher and Florida historian Jean McNary thinks so. The seal includes an image of oranges, which McNary believes is out of sync with the city's image since the departure of Lykes Pasco orange juice packing plant and the decline of the orange grove industry in the area. She asked city commissioners on Tuesday for permission to form an exploratory committee to consider new designs. Commissioners granted her permission to research designs and possible costs, though no decision has been made to change anything just yet. Frank Bessinger, chairman of the city's historic preservation advisory board, spoke out against any changes to the seal, arguing it should be left as it is.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Moon Lake Road DUI checkpoint set
Deputies will have a DUI checkpoint from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at 10555 Moon Lake Road, near the Bright House Networks building. Officers from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Port Richey and New Port Richey police and the Florida Highway Patrol will participate in this safety check.