NEW PORT RICHEY
Sheriff's office acquires four old humvees
On Friday, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco spoke of other, silent victims of Tropical Storm Debby: the agency's fleet of Chevrolet Impalas. "We had a lot flooded out," Nocco said, mentioning other cruisers had to undergo significant repairs after driving over potholes veiled by floodwaters. Nocco decided the agency needed more four-wheel-drive vehicles that sit higher up and could drive through flooded streets to help citizens. Recently, his staff bought four military surplus Humvee trucks. The price tag? $3,500. The agency used federal forfeiture dollars for the purchases. Nocco said the vehicles are more than 20 years old, but they work fine and need minor touch ups. With the looming potential chaos of next week — the Republic National Convention in Tampa, with delegates staying at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, plus Tropical Storm Isaac headed north and still a possible threat — the Humvees got here just in time, Nocco said. Nocco said the vehicles will be used to survey the perimeter of Saddlebrook for potential danger. "We can go into rough situations" with these vehicles, Nocco said.
Alzheimer's series starts Sept. 5
HPH Hospice and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association have planned a series for people caring for someone with Alzheimer's or people who anticipate being in the position of caring for someone with the disease. The program is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5-26, at the HPH Hospice team office, 37445 Clinton Ave. Topics include an overview of the disease, how it changes communication and how to deal with difficult behaviors. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required. Call (727) 816-3602.
Safe driving class offered by AARP
An AARP Safe Driving Course is planned for 1-4 p.m. Sept. 10-11 at Wesley Chapel Toyota, 5300 Eagleston Blvd, off Interstate 75 at State Road 54. Many insurance companies offer a discount to drivers who complete the course. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Call Lloyd Shaw at (813) 395-8376.
• Two men were stabbed early Friday morning when a group of people barged into their Moon Lake Estates home. Story, Page 5
• New Port Richey's new patrol boat took its maiden voyage on Friday. Story, Page 4
• Pasco-Hernando Beach Bums baseball team lands a big corporate sponsor. Story, Page 3
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