Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Report: Man tries to use deputy's car to escape drug arrest

PORT RICHEY

Report: Deputy's car was part of escape attempt

A man caught selling cocaine near a day care tried to speed away from authorities Wednesday evening in an undercover deputy's agency car. Casio Maurice Burton of St. Petersburg dragged the deputy for 150 feet before the car was stopped, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said. The deputy was not seriously injured, said Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. A report states that Burton, 26, is accused of "violently pushing" the deputy as he tried to flee the scene at Ranch Road and U.S. 19 about 7 p.m. It was near Robyn's Nest day care. Undercover agents bought cocaine from Burton and an accomplice, Michael Lamar Knight, 23, of New Port Richey, the report states. Burton is charged with aggravated battery, grand theft auto, possession of marijuana and cocaine, and selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. He is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $30,100 bail. Knight also faces several drug charges. His bail is $85,500.

ODESSA

See award-winning miniatures display

The miniature wonders at the Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center opened in February at 2645 Success Drive in the West Pasco Industrial Park off State Road 54. The displays include the national award-winning Sundance Central Railroad, a miniature world connected by 235 feet of aluminum rails, as well as other handmade models and rotating displays from around the world. Donations are accepted. For information visit sundancecentral.org.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Hospice holds free seminars in April

Gulfside Regional Hospice will host seminars for caregivers at 5:30 p.m. every Thursday in April at the Villas at Sunset Bay, 7423 Kauai Loop. The topics are as follows:

• April 12: A Veterans of Foreign Wars service officer speaks about getting VA benefits.

• April 19: Dr. Amir Shirmohammad speaks about caregiver support.

• April 26: Donna Cesare, representative for elder care attorneys and RN care coordinators, provides information for caregivers.

Each seminar is free. For information, call (727) 359-5428.

PORT RICHEY

Tour remembers civil rights martyrs

Bus tour to celebrate civil rights martyrs: The African American Club of Pasco has planned a bus tour across the state on April 21 to Mims, north of Titusville in Brevard County, to celebrate the lives and sacrifices of civil rights martyrs Harry and Harriette Moore at the ninth annual Harry T. Moore Heritage Festival. After years of working to register African-Americans in Florida during the 1930s and '40s, the Moores were killed at their home in Mims on Christmas evening 1951, their 25th wedding anniversary. The bus will depart at 5:15 a.m. from the Booker T. Washington Schoolhouse, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. The festival will feature a health fair, a food court, performers, arts and crafts, and a visit to the Memorial Museum at the site of the former Moore home. The bus will be back at the schoolhouse at 11 p.m. The cost is $25. Bring a folding chair. For information, call Darryll Stevenson at (727) 495-3206 or Dan Callaghan at (727) 372-1742.

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Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

TEMPLE TERRACE — A round of applause from the audience followed the recent vote by the Temple Terrace City Council to negotiate a contract with a company that plans to build and manage luxury apartments in the long-idle downtown redevelopment area.Th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old bicyclist then drove from the scene.Shawn Michael Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts Avenue abou...
Updated: 3 hours ago
FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. M...
Updated: 3 hours ago
A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Published: 05/26/18
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
Published: 05/26/18
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Published: 05/26/18