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Shooting was attempted murder-suicide, deputies say

BAYONET POINT

Deputies: Man shot girlfriend, then himself

Authorities say a shooting Thursday evening on a remote road off U.S. 19 was an attempted murder-suicide. Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said Steven E. Kane, 56, shot his girlfriend, Cathy Chorba, 46, about 3:20 p.m., called 911 and then turned the gun on himself. Both were in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the torso when they were flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Tobin said. A hospital spokeswoman said Friday that Chorba remained in critical condition. No information was available on Kane, who has an extensive record of arrests in Pasco. The couple, who live at 16003 Villa Drive in Hudson, were just a few miles from home on Secret Lane when a deputy found them in or near a four-door Buick.

TRINITY

Gun rumor sparks modified lockdown

Rumors of a student bringing a gun to campus led school officials at J.W. Mitchell High School to place the campus on a modified lockdown all day Friday, said Jim Davis, assistant superintendent for high schools. From 9:30 a.m. until school was dismissed at 2:50 p.m., Davis said, only necessary movement on campus was allowed, such as going from one class to the next. Additional deputies were also summoned to the school, Davis said, as a precautionary measure. The lockdown was prompted by a call from parents who had heard a threat Thursday that a student might bring a gun to school, Davis said. Deputies determined no one did so.

COUNTYWIDE

Gulfside marks World Hospice Day

Gulfside Regional Hospice will mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at two of its thrift shops: 12154 U.S. 19 in Hudson and 36504 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. In addition to providing information on hospice care, both shops will feature a presentation at 11 a.m. from a relative of a hospice patient. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of the needs — medical, social, practical and spiritual — of people living with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. For information, call the hospice thrift shops at (727) 861-4900 or (813) 788-5461.

Correction

Kassidy FitzSimons, 8, plays for the U9 Wesley Chapel Flames soccer team. A photo caption Thursday misspelled her name.

Pasco deaths

Borders, Opal

Buffalino, Ralph J.

Fronczak, Stefania

Fuller, Robert H.

Hix, Raymond

McWilliams, Gary L.

Neuman, Lillian M.

Phillips, Jacqueline A.

Shamel, Lowell

Spitza, Ann T.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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