NEW PORT RICHEY
Second person charged after boy abused
A 2-year-old boy who had his nipples ripped off didn't get medical treatment for at least four days, authorities said. Tina Renea Kline, 25, told investigators that her boyfriend — Thomas Matheson, 28 — told her on Nov. 16 he injured the boy, a Pasco sheriff's report states. But Kline and Matheson never took the child for medical treatment or reported the injuries, authorities said. The child's grandparents reported the abuse on Nov. 20 and the toddler was taken to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, where doctors said the skin was unlikely to grow back, the report states. The relationship of Kline and Matheson to the child was not disclosed by authorities. Matheson was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with child abuse. He told investigators the injuries happened when he was "playing rough" with the boy. Kline was arrested Tuesday and charged with child neglect causing permanent disfigurement. Matheson and Kline, both of 7280 Broadmoore Drive in New Port Richey, are being held at the Pasco jail. Both declined interview requests Wednesday by the Times.
Schoolkids may lose long break
Pasco schoolchildren are unlikely to get a full week for the Thanksgiving holiday next year. The school district's calendar committee has recommended returning to past practice, where students get off Wednesday through Friday only. That proposal, which goes to the School Board on Tuesday as an informational item, is the result of a long-standing district practice of observing Veterans Day with a day off. In 2012, Veterans Day fell on the weekend, while in 2013 it will be on a Monday. District officials also want to make sure that they have enough course hours in the first semester, which they aim to end before winter break. The district cannot have a full week off for Thanksgiving and meet those other priorities. The School Board expects to discuss the calendar Tuesday, but not vote on it until its Dec. 18 meeting.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Sen. Simpson opens new office
State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is hosting an open house on Saturday for his new district office. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5612 Grand Blvd. Refreshments will be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing Rogers.Rachel@flsenate.gov or call (850) 487-5018. Attendees are asked to donate canned goods for the Salvation Army Center of Hope.
Picnic celebrates groundbreaking
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a groundbreaking ceremony and picnic after its 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday to celebrate the construction of its first permanent building. Located at 3050 Starkey Blvd., the church has been worshiping in rented facilities since 2003 and is eagerly anticipating completion of its first permanent building. The groundbreaking is slated for noon, followed by a picnic at 12:30 p.m. catered by Havana Dreamers Restaurant. For information call Pastor Marc Nauman at (727) 364-4667.