Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Recreation & Aquatic Center in New Port Richey to throw "School's Out Pool Bash!"

NEW PORT RICHEY

Celebrate end of classes with a Pool party

The Recreation & Aquatic Center in New Port Richey, 6630 Van Buren St., will hold a "School's Out Pool Bash!" 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday . Cost is $5 per child. Call (727) 841-4560 for more information.

MOON LAKE

Two men charged in home invasion

Two men are accused of breaking into a house by kicking down the front door and beating up a husband while the victim's wife scrambled to a bathroom to call 911. James "Jimmy James" Laughery, 37, and Michael C. Wilson, 39, were arrested Thursday in connection with the May 23 attack, which happened at a house on Atlee Street in the Moon Lake Estates neighborhood of New Port Richey. Laughery and Wilson, both of Moon Lake Estates, are charged with home invasion robbery, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the incident was possibly drug related. The husband, 53, and wife, 44, were not seriously injured. Laughery is being held in the Pasco County jail on $51,500 bail. The bail for Wilson, a felon who has served four stints in Florida prisons, is set at $151,026.

LAND O'LAKES

Ross to open at old Sweetbay site

Bargain hunters in central Pasco soon will have another place to search for deals. Ross Stores Inc. is opening a Ross Dress for Less in the former Sweetbay supermarket at Village Lakes Shopping Center on State Road 54. A sign went up recently on the building, which has been vacant since August when the grocery's chain contract expired. The new Ross joins another one already at The Grove shopping center farther north or County Road 54. It also will bring some competition to Beall's Outlet, which moved to Village Lakes about a year ago from a U.S. 41 strip mall a year ago. Ross Dress for Less is owned by Ross Stores Inc. an S&P 500, Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., with fiscal 2011 revenues of $8.6 billion. Ross Dress for Less is the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,037 locations in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. According to its web site, Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions at everyday savings of 20 to 60 percent off department and specialty store regular prices.

COUNTYWIDE

Legg rolls out list of endorsements

Rep. John Legg on Friday announced a slew of endorsements in his state Senate campaign against Sen. Jim Norman of Tampa. The list includes: Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey; Reps. Richard Corcoran of Trinity and Rob Schenck of Spring Hill; County Commissioners Ann Hildebrand, Pat Mulieri and Jack Mariano; Property Appraiser Mike Wells; School Board members Allen Altman and Cynthia Armstrong; and Zephyrhills Mayor Steve Van Gorden. Legg said other endorsements could follow next week including from officials in Hillsborough and across the state.

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