Woman accused of taking girl to man for sex
Authorities are investigating allegations that a 45-year-old woman repeatedly took a 13-year-old girl to have sex with a man. Cindy Woods is also accused of buying the teenager cigarettes and not making her attend school. Woods was arrested Monday and charged with child neglect. The relationship between Woods and the girl was not disclosed by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Another agency is investigating the sexual allegations. The man's age was unclear Tuesday. The girl said Woods often drove her to Clearwater to have sex with a 40-year-old man, a report states. Woods said she believed he was in his 20s. Woods said she often dropped the girl off at the man's house at night and he would bring the girl back in the morning, authorities said. Woods said she "assumed (the girl) was having sex with the male," the report states. Woods, of 7659 Isabella Drive in Port Richey, remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
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Essay contest to pick Senate page
State Sen. Mike Fasano is holding an essay contest to choose a Senate page for the upcoming legislative session. The page will serve for one week in Tallahassee and will work throughout the Capitol complex. The contest is open to students age 15 to 18 in public, private or homeschooling programs. Students must submit an essay of at least 250 words answering the question: "What do you think we can do to help improve our economy in Florida?" Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Fasano's office, 8217 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, 34653 or by e-mail to legislative assistant Greg Giordano at email@example.com. For questions or information, contact Greg Giordano at (727) 848-5885.
Rotary will hear elections official
Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley will address the Rotary Club of Land O'Lakes at noon Monday at Hungry Harry's Lakehouse, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Corley will discuss his office's mission of providing secure, timely and accurate election services. Meals are available for $10.
• Jurors hear the taped interview of the man accused of killing his roommate. Story, Page 3
• Two men arrested in a pair of grow house busts. Story, Page 3
• New Port Richey man tried to outrun traffic ticket by trying to run over police officer, authorities say. Story, Page 6
The Rev. Jesse McClendon of New Life Family Church was quoted in a Sunday article describing the Dade City sewer plant as "an insult to the African-American community." The quote was incorrectly attributed to his nephew, who ministers at a different church.