Did you get that text about an emergency?
Pasco County is launching a seven-month pilot program this week to test a system that will send text and voice messages to residents during emergencies. The system will notify residents of hazardous materials incidents, wildfires, boil water notices and, of course, hurricanes. All publicly listed phone numbers will automatically be enrolled. But anyone with a cell phone number or unlisted number who would like to receive the notifications must sign up. The alerts can also be sent via e-mail. Visit pasco emergencymanagement.com to enter your information.
Pair's stay is extended — in jail
Sheriff's deputies were called Sunday afternoon to a Days Inn to deal with two hotel guests who wouldn't check out of their room. The guests ended up going to jail on a slew of drug charges. When Natascha Geppert, 24, let authorities into Room 147, one deputy spotted a small glass pipe sitting on the dresser, according to the Pasco sheriff's report. The deputy took the other guest, 28-year-old David Testa, outside to question him. In the meantime, Geppert tried to throw away a small box containing cocaine, small pills and a scale, the report said. Deputies found the box and arrested her. While Geppert was being booked into the Land O'Lakes jail, deputies suspected she was hiding more drugs, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said. She was sent to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where hospital employees discovered prescription pills in a body cavity, officials said. She faces nine drug possession charges and one count of tampering with evidence, and is being held in lieu of $45,150 bail. Testa faces six drug possession charges and one count of resisting an officer with violence, and is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.
Augusta, Floyd J.
Hoffmann, Roger M.
Strzezewski, John R.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.