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Pasco Sheriff's Office plans sobriety checkpoint

PORT RICHEY

Sheriff's Office plans sobriety checkpoint

The Sheriff's Office is planning a sobriety checkpoint tonight. Deputies will be stopping cars on Congress Street just south of Ridge Road starting at 8:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office plans to increase DUI enforcement through New Year's Eve, spokesman Kevin Doll said. But it appears some would prefer the element of surprise. "Wouldn't it be better if they didn't post where the check points would be?" one person asked in a comment when the notice went live on the Sheriff's Office's Facebook page Thursday. "Now that you posted this the drunks will go down Rowan (Road) instead and go through my neighborhood...," another wrote. "How stupid to tell them where it is..." A giveaway? Maybe. But it covers the Sheriff's Office legally. A Supreme Court decision from 2000 mandates that agencies give notice before sobriety checkpoints. Otherwise, they would be stopping people without probable cause, said sheriff's spokesman Doll. Authorities must have a reason to pull over drivers, otherwise the Fourth Amendment would classify the stops as illegal search and seizure. The stipulation of public notice before the checkpoints, the Supreme Court ruled, makes checkpoints legal.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Deputies say death might be suicide

Pasco sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspicious death after a man's body was found in a car Thursday morning. The body, that of a Hispanic man, was found at 6:53 a.m. in a car at the end of Grenville Court in the Wrencrest village of the Meadow Pointe II neighborhood. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said preliminary indications were that the death was a suicide. Authorities released no other details.

COUNTYWIDE

Gulfside looking for volunteers

Gulfside Regional Hospice will hold several orientation sessions in January for people interested in volunteering with patients and their families or at the hospice's thrift shops. An orientation for new patient care volunteers in west Pasco will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 at Morgan's Funeral Home, 6025 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. An orientation for new patient care volunteers in east and central Pasco will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills. Orientations for thrift shop volunteers will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 22 at Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 21780 SR 54, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Dade City Thrift Shoppe, 37925 Sky Ridge Circle. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Seasonal volunteers are welcome. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot in east and central Pasco, call (813) 780-1235. To reserve a spot in West Pasco, call (727) 845-5707.

HOLIDAY

Sunshine Homes hosts clothing sale

Sunshine Christian Homes will have its monthly clothing sale from 1 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Sunshine Christian Homes Auxiliary, 5250 Whippoorwill Drive, Holiday. All items will be $1. Donations of gently used clothing and accessories will be accepted. For more information, call (727) 934-8052.

Pasco Sheriff's Office plans sobriety checkpoint 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:16pm]
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