eBay sales net $13,115 — and a trip to jail
A 54-year-old man is accused of selling thousands of dollars in fake memorabilia to unsuspecting buyers on eBay. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Kenneth Edward Lane used a computer, printer and Signascript automated signing machine to forge an array of counterfeits. The items included a copy of Life magazine bearing Neil Armstrong's signature, vintage photos supposedly signed by Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe, an autographed Star Trek cast photo and an item purportedly signed by Cincinnati Reds great John "Bid" McPhee. Authorities say Lane made $13,115 selling the items from April 2006 to August 2010. Lane, of 9324 Cochise Lane, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of scheme to defraud and released on $5,000 bail. He was charged last year with grand theft after a buyer said Lane sold him a Christmas card forged with Al Capone's signature, as well as an autographed baseball that never arrived. Prosecutors later dropped the charge.
Teacher's funeral arrangements set
The family of late Fivay High School teacher Florence "Flo" Massaro will accept visitors at the North/Meadowlawn Funeral Home, at 4244 Madison St. in New Port Richey, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. A funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, at 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Instead of flowers, the family has asked donors to address gifts to the Pasco Education Foundation's Flo Massaro Memorial Scholarship Fund, at 7227 Land O'Lakes Blvd., in Land O'Lakes, 34638.
Jeb Bush Dinner tickets available
You can still get tickets for the Feb. 18 Jeb Bush Dinner sponsored by the Pasco GOP. State Senate president Mike Haridopolos will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held at Cannon Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m., with the social hour starting at 6 p.m. The evening also features a gun auction. Tickets are $35. Dress is casual. To purchase tickets, contact state committeeman Bill Bunting at (727) 862-1063.
Sex offender tracker protests
Pro Tech Monitoring of Odessa, which has tracked sex offenders for the Florida prison system for more than a decade, is upset about the decision to yank its contract. Story, Tampa Bay.