worker charged in diabetes test strips thefts
A worker at a Port Richey pharmacy was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Pasco sheriff's deputies say he stole dozens of boxes of diabetes test strips and sold them on eBay. Ramy Nader Marcos, 30, told deputies that he stole 40 boxes of test strips between January and March, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Marcos said he hid the strips in a box for another product before leaving work at the CVS pharmacy at 7120 Ridge Road. Each box of test strips is valued at $145, for a total value of $5,800. He sold the strips at a discount, earning $3,392 on the online auction site, the report said. He was arrested on felony charges of dealing in stolen property and operating a scheme to defraud. He remained Wednesday afternoon at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
Qualifying period set for mayoral bid
Officials have set the qualifying deadline for the special election to fill the mayor's seat. The qualifying period will run from noon June 5 to noon June 12, City Clerk Tammy Schuck announced Tuesday evening at a City Council meeting. The special election will be held in conjunction with the Aug. 14 primary. Port Richey is looking to fill the seat vacated by former Mayor Richard Rober, who resigned in March prior to the federal charges being filed against him for unpaid income taxes. Council member Bill Colombo is serving as acting mayor.
Democratic women to discuss politics
The Democratic Women's Club of Pasco County will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jasmine Lakes Civic Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. The meeting will include a roundtable discussion on helping elect Democratic candidates. Donations will be collected for the Maryland House, a shelter for homeless women and children. People may bring nonperishable food items and other kitchen items. For information, contact June Keener at (727) 372-9321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACLU president of Florida to speak
Col. Mike Pheneger, U.S. Army retired, is president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. He will speak at the May 21 meeting of the East Pasco Democratic Club. The meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road. Pheneger spent 30 years on active duty in U.S. Army Intelligence. He retired in 1993. For information contact East Pasco Democratic Club president Diane Parker at (813) 778-6743.
Trisha Hitchings is the salutatorian at Fivay High School. Her name was spelled incorrectly in Wednesday's Top of the Class.