Tuesday, May 22, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco's week in words for May 12

The week in words

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

"Jeez, it's been three days. I hope I don't die in this car."

Justyn "Jay'' Ambrozia, 90, recalling his thoughts after having spent two days trapped in his car. Ambrozia said he fell and broke a hip and wrist and was unable to get out of the car as it sat in his garage in Trinity.

"This is beyond absurd.'

Ray Gadd, assistant superintendent of schools, expressing anger over a rash of break-ins at Calusa Elementary School in New Port Richey.

"This is all the money we have, and we've got to live within our means. It's going to mean some more hard cuts and it's going to make more people unhappy."

School Board chairwoman Cynthia Armstrong after a unanimous vote to cut 175 positions in an attempt to balance the budget.

"He is a good inmate. What does that show us? What does that mitigate? That he's in solitary and nothing happens?''

Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis as he argued that John Sexton should receive the death penalty for killing 94-year-old Ann Perlato in her Port Richey home. A jury agreed with Halkitis.

"He won't even let someone buy him lunch.''

County Commission chairman Ted Schrader regarding outgoing County Administrator John Gallagher. The list of possible replacements was reduced to 10, including one who weathered complaints in Texas that he accepted free tickets to professional sporting events from vendors.

"I understand the people's concerns here, and they can be scary, but I don't believe it's going to be as bad as you think it is."

County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey as the board voted 4-1 to allow a limerock mining operation in Shady Hills, despite concerns from homeowners.

"I told him to shut up, but he didn't want to shut up. I kind of lost my cool."

Eric Davis, explaining why he beat a fellow inmate to death at the Zephyrhills state prison last year. Davis, 34, who murdered his wife in Safety Harbor seven years ago, is accused of killing Joe Hayes, 54, who was serving 99 years for rape, among other crimes.

"I didn't like people. I would just snap at the smallest thing. I didn't like school. I didn't like teachers. ... I didn't care what anybody thought."

Jesse Pope, 18, honored as the turnaround student of the year for Marchman Technical Education Center. Pope said his change of attitude coincided with the birth of his daughter. He went from failing and constantly getting expelled to a 2.6 grade point average. He expects to graduate on time this year.

Comments
Admiral Farragut’s grit brings state softball glory

Admiral Farragut’s grit brings state softball glory

VERO BEACH — It was only natural to think of Admiral Farragut’s state title chances more in terms of the future. After all, the roster consists of zero seniors and just two juniors. The rest are sophomores, freshmen and middle-schoolers. Because of t...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
The key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first

The key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first

As the Lightning and Capitals prepare for their series finale Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, here's a by-the-numbers look at each team's Game 7 history.5-2The Lightning's record in Game 7s. It has never lost at home (3-0).+5The Lightning's...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 4-2 loss to Red Sox on Tuesday:* The Rays record against a Red Sox team they consider a measuring stick doesn't look very good at 3-8. But, as manager Kevin Cash and several players pointed out, there is some consola...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

A storm system in the Caribbean Sea could grow into a tropical cyclone within five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance to develop.The storm’s low-pressure center on Tuesday was nestled betw...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Academy at the Lakes wins first state softball title

Academy at the Lakes wins first state softball title

VERO BEACH —Academy at the Lakes waited two weeks to play in the Class 2A state softball tournament in hopes of winning what has been an elusive title.The Wildcats completed the first task Monday, cruising to a mercy-rule win over Fort Pierce John Ca...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 to-do list

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 to-do list

TAMPA — By now there are no more secrets. After six games over 11 days, the Lightning knows all the Capitals' habits , and the Caps know all the Lightning's.To Lightning coach Jon Cooper the outcome of tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Couple whose dream boat sank finally set sail on ‘new adventure’

Couple whose dream boat sank finally set sail on ‘new adventure’

The young couple whose story traveled around the world after their dream voyage ended early at the bottom of John’s Pass is ready to try again.Three months after the Lagniappe sank, Nikki Walsh, 24, and Tanner Broadwell, 26, said they set sail Tuesda...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USPS to release scratch-and-sniff stamps; Leaks? White House has sinkhole; 2 Oregon teens take down homophobic school officials; more in U.S. news

USPS to release scratch-and-sniff stamps; Leaks? White House has sinkhole; 2 Oregon teens take down homophobic school officials; more in U.S. news

Updated: 4 hours ago
Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

WEEKI WACHEE — A 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday on allegations that she created a fake social media post threatening to shoot students at Weeki Wachee High School, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said the 16-year-old told...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Driver gets 28 years in prison for fleeing fatal Howard Frankland crash

Driver gets 28 years in prison for fleeing fatal Howard Frankland crash

TAMPA — After Allison Huffman slammed her car into a tow truck driver who had stopped to help a pair of stranded motorists on the Howard Frankland Bridge, she drove to a hotel and got out to look at the damage.She saw shattered glass, a bare tire rim...
Updated: 4 hours ago