Pine View's Principal to lead Trinity
Cortney Gantt, principal of Pine View Elementary School for the past 3 1/2 years, is headed back to Trinity Elementary School as its new principal. She served as an assistant principal there for four years. Gantt, whom officials praise for her strong focus on curriculum and instruction, will replace Kathryn Rushe, Trinity's only principal since it opened. Rushe retires next week. Gantt is scheduled to take over on Jan. 19, after her formal approval by the School Board. "I was ready to expand my career and take on a new challenge at a new school," Gantt said of her decision to seek the Trinity job. "I am excited to get to know the families and the staff." The principal position at Pine View will be advertised with plans of having it filled in three to four weeks.
Officials say man was murdered
A man whose body was found in the woods north of St. Joe Road on Thursday was murdered, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Friday. The man's name has not been released because his next of kin have not been notified of his death, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin. The agency previously called the man's death suspicious. A tip to the Sheriff's Office led detectives to the body, which was on the ground about 150 feet into the woods, half a mile east of Jessamine Road.
Man charged with robbery, stalking
A 50-year-old man is accused of bullying and beating an older man for money every month for the past eight years. Victor J. Guerrera Jr. met the victim — who is now 76 — by doing housework for him, authorities said. "That's how it started," said Doug Tobin, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. "The victim has a routine. The suspect caught on to his routine and took advantage" of him. A report states Guerrera demanded at least $100 a month from the victim, who had a routine of going to the bank at the beginning of the month. One time the man told him "no" and Guerrera punched him in the face, the report states. Each time the victim goes to the bank, Guerrera is there, and he follows the man home and refuses to leave until he gets his money, which he increased to $140 each month, the report states. Tobin said the victim paid Guerrera between $7,000 and $10,000. Guerrera, of Holiday, was arrested Friday and is charged with robbery and aggravated stalking. He's being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $60,000 bail. Tobin said the Sheriff's Office is looking for other possible victims. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Matt Myers toll-free at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7850.
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