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Seven Springs student caught with handgun


Seven Springs student caught with handgun

A school resource officer at Seven Springs Middle arrested a seventh-grader Friday who had a loaded handgun in his backpack. The Sheriff's Office said a school official noticed several kids looking into a student's backpack and acting suspiciously. When confronted, the student, 12, claimed it was "just a BB gun." It was actually a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun with a bullet in the chamber, the Sheriff's Office said. The student, whose name is being withheld because of his age, faces a charge of possession of a firearm on school property. He told authorities he brought the gun to school to show a friend.


County says get ready for Ike

Hurricane Ike is not an imminent threat to Pasco residents, but county emergency management officials are urging residents to start making preparations, including obtaining emergency 30-day refills of maintenance medications. Gov. Charlie Crist has signed an executive order allowing for certain preparedness measures, including emergency prescription refills, in anticipation of Ike. The forecast track from the National Hurricane Center places Pasco County in the area of concern by the middle of next week.

Hudson, Oelsner beaches risky now

You might want to steer clear of Hudson Beach and Oelsner Park Beach this weekend. Water advisories remain in effect at both beaches as officials continue to find high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. The Pasco County Health Department says the water at the beaches poses "a potential health risk to the bathing public."


Millage rate remains stable

City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to keep the city's millage rate at 3.9 mills for the second year in a row. A mill is $1 of tax for each $1,000 of taxable property value. During the first of two final budget hearings this month, city officials approved the $10.6-million spending plan, which includes some trims to make up for a $200,000 loss in property tax revenue and $264,000 lost from the elimination of the city's utility tax. Employees won't lose their jobs, but they won't receive cost of living raises, either. The second and final budget hearing will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.

Pasco deaths

Goodspeed, Dorothy

Hand, Edna

Himmel, John L.

Hoekstra, Vivian B.

Holahan, Frances T.

Mills, Warren Edward

Solicito, Marie

Tarabocchia, Bruno John

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Seven Springs student caught with handgun 09/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 8, 2008 12:07pm]
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