Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco: The Week's News in Words

The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"Moving a hospital is like changing the engine of an airplane while it's still in flight."

Nancy Bowen, a consultant with Health Care Transitions, which helped coordinate the transfer of patients from Community Hospital to the new Medical Center of Trinity.

"If you are setting sail on a five-year transitional timeline and you're leaving the board on the shoreline, then I would suggest … you may have rough seas ahead."

School Board chairwoman Joanne Hurley to superintendent Heather Fiorentino during a meeting in which board members complained of a lack of communication.

"You remember the nice places where you go. We need to make sure Pasco County does look good for the visitors that come here so they will come back."

County Commissioner Ted Schrader as he voted with the majority to continue a ban on animated signs.

"They aren't listening to us. And they are not considering what this will do to special events. They are trying to say that downtown businesses aren't already benefitting from these events, and that's just wrong."

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce executive director Joe Alpine after the New Port Richey City Council decided to allow bars to sell drinks "to go'' during downtown festivals.

"He told me he knew what true evil was. He told me that he had gone as far down the path as he could go."

Angel Peck testifying at Jackie Lee Braden's trial. Braden, 40, was sentenced to life for murdering his mother, Sherrill Wright, and stepfather, David Wright. Peck had a five-year relationship with Braden.

"When the court reporter sneezed, she even said 'bless you.' ''

Rob McCallum, public information officer for Colorado's 3rd Judicial District, describing the scene when Lee Grace Dougherty accepted a plea deal for her part in a cross-country crime spree that began in Zephyrhills.

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Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Updated: 11 hours ago

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Updated: 11 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Updated: 12 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
Published: 02/24/18
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
Published: 02/24/18

Published: 02/24/18
Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Published: 02/24/18
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Published: 02/24/18
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
Published: 02/24/18