Woman accused of leaving child at drug deal
A woman was arrested Thursday after, deputies say, she excused herself from a drug deal, left a 2-year-old boy in the care of the drug buyer and didn't come back. The buyer turned out to be a Pasco County sheriff's deputy in an undercover investigation. Summer Bless Wilkerson, 26, is accused of selling oxycodone on Nov. 7 and selling hydromorphone, another narcotic pain reliever, on Thursday. At about 7:20 p.m., according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Wilkerson, of 7508 Clover Drive, was selling 10 pills to the deputy for $230. Wilkerson told the deputy she had some of the pills, but that she would get the rest from a friend's house and left the deputy there with the toddler, the report states. After an hour of texting and calling Wilkerson without her responding or coming back, the report states, the deputy knocked on the door of the house and left the child with Wilkerson's boyfriend. Deputies arrested Wilkerson later that night on charges of possession of a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and child neglect. She remained in Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $35,000 bail.
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Council redoubles manager search
City Council members have agreed to begin an aggressive search for a city manager in January, and to stay with Interim City Manager Susan Dillinger until the process is complete. During a work session Thursday evening, the council approved a job profile geared toward wooing candidates to apply for the position with a salary that will likely be in the mid to upper $90,000 range. Council members opted to begin the search after the holiday season, with a focus toward obtaining qualified candidates in Florida. Meanwhile, the city also decided not to use the Range Rider program, which offers the services of retired city managers on an interim basis until a new manager is hired. Council members said they wanted to save money by not using the program, but they also praised Dillinger's handling of the temporary role. "She has been incredibly efficient," said council member Judy DeBella Thomas. Dillinger, who has served as the city library director for 22 years, was named interim manager in October upon the departure of John Schneiger. The city paid the remaining $40,000 on Schneiger's contract after he told Mayor Bob Consalvo he believed he had lost support of the majority of council.
Santa's lap fits dogs and cats, too
Santa Claus is coming to Lutz, and pets can pose for pictures with St. Nick from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Central Pasco Veterinary Clinic, 17945 State Road 54. The event is open to friendly and vaccinated pets brought on a leash or in a carrier. Pet owners should RSVP first by calling (813) 926-1126. Donations are appreciated; proceeds will help purchase pet oxygen masks for local fire trucks. For information, visit www.CentralPascoVetCare.com.
On the Web
To check out this week's Pasco County crime report, go to tampabay.com/Pasco.