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Pasco woman guilty in shooting of teen over insult


Woman guilty of shooting teen over joke

Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Wednesday morning before finding Christine Lightfoot guilty of shooting a teenager who had cracked a joke about her ex-boyfriend. Lightfoot, 37, was convicted of aggravated battery. She faces 20 years in prison when she is sentenced next month. On Jan. 15, 2008, prosecutors said, Lightfoot and two of her teenage children were hanging out at home in Moon Lake, shooting pool in the garage with a friend, Russell Litten. Litten, then 16, was riding around the driveway on a scooter and made a joke to Lightfoot about her former boyfriend, who went by the nickname Scooter. "Does this remind you of anybody?" Litten said. Lightfoot, Litten testified, was angered by the teasing and told her 13-year-old son to go retrieve a gun from the house. The son returned with a .22-caliber rifle, which Lightfoot took, cocked and fired at Litten's abdomen. She gave authorities varying accounts of what happened, including that the gun went off accidentally when it fell off a bench.


Networking Club can aid in job hunt

Connections Job Development Program has added an evening networking meeting to help meet the needs of more job seekers. The Networking Club is free to all unemployed or under-employed individuals who are seeking assistance with their job search. The new evening group meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. at Connections office at 5841 Main St. No advance registration is required. The next program is Dec. 14. Connections also offers a morning group at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. The Connections Networking Club is designed to assist job seekers through information sharing, group presentations and guest speakers, including area employers and human resources experts. For information, visit or call (727) 849-4724.


Driver's licenses stalled by upgrade

Don't plan on getting a new driver's license on Saturday. The Tax Collector's office will be unable to process driver's license transactions that day, due to a computer software upgrade being done by the Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The offices in Gulf Harbors, Land O'Lakes and Dade City will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for all other transactions, except driver's licenses.


• Bishop Larkin student Kennedy Schoonover was featured in a photograph showing a candle-making project on Wednesday's Top of the Class page. A photo caption gave an incorrect name.

• Veronica Pereira is the Spring Hill homeowner who was concerned about the possibility of a sinkhole after tile began buckling in her home. Pereira's last name was misspelled in a story Tuesday.

Pasco deaths

A detailed list of obituaries is published in Section B.

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