Report: Doctor tried to enter jail with pills
Dr. William Crumbley had just been arrested along with two other people on charges they ran an unlicensed prescription pill mill. As Crumbley was being booked Tuesday into the Pasco jail, a deputy asked if he had any contraband. Crumbley said no, but in fact, a report says the doctor had a wee pharmacy hidden on him: one pill of Tizandine, a muscle relaxer; one Prilosec, for heartburn relief; half of a Viagra pill, for treatment of erectile dysfunction; and 1 1/2 pills of Nuvigil, a stimulant. The sheriff's report doesn't specify where the drugs were hidden; they were found during a search of his person — not with a body scanner. "I can assume it was in his clothes," said Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. The Sheriff's Office raided Harbour Medical Group and arrested three staff members, including Crumbley, a 53-year-old Tampa doctor whose license was suspended in October for writing excessive prescriptions for painkillers that might have contributed to a patient's death. Crumbley is charged with owning and operating a nonregistered pain clinic, possession of a controlled substance and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. He was released from the Pasco jail Wednesday on $12,000 bail.
Zephyrhills man dies in car crash
A man was killed just before noon Wednesday when his car hit a fence and utility pole, authorities said. Cody Alan Peat, 25, of Zephyrhills was headed south on McKendree Road just off State Road 52 when he lost control of his 1991 Ford coupe, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Peat traveled off the road and hit a fence and utility pole. He died at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, FHP said.
Survey explores 4-day school week
As part of its investigation into ways to save money, the Pasco School Board has launched a task force to study whether a four-day school week might offer a solution. Now the panel is asking residents for their thoughts on the topic. It has launched an online, anonymous survey to gain those insights. It's supposed to take about 10 minutes to fill out. Questions include which day residents would want school to be out, and what the district could do to ease the transition. You can fill out the survey at surveys.hanoverresearch.com/s3/Pasco. It closes on Jan. 20.
An event at Regency Residence featuring chocolate-covered treats is happening Saturday. A headline in Wednesday's Pasco Times gave an incorrect day.