State allocates funds to open health clinic
State legislators have agreed to set aside $1.1 million to start operating a health care clinic at the regional hurricane shelter bearing state Sen. Mike Fasano's name. The funding is contingent on approval by Gov. Charlie Crist. Construction finished last year on the $7.5 million shelter on Denton Avenue. The facility will also house a clinic run by Premier Community HealthCare Group to provide year-round health care to the indigent. But Premier has struggled to get operating funds to open the clinic. Fasano, a New Port Richey Republican who chairs the Senate Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee, lined up tentative funding for Premier. Fasano said the money would cover operating expenses for at least two years.
Teen accused of attacking brother
Pasco deputies said a teen used a pair of scissors to stab his half-brother in the shoulders and lower back after an argument late Tuesday. A medical helicopter took the man to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Deputies responded to the home at 3341 Atlantis Drive about 10:30 p.m. They found Shirone Turner, 27, with several stab wounds and a collapsed lung. Deputies say Turner and his 18-year-old half-brother, Stanley Jones Jr., were arguing before Jones grabbed the scissors. Both men live at the Atlantis Drive home. They arrested Jones on a charge of domestic aggravated battery. He was also charged with introduction of contraband after deputies found a bag of marijuana in his pocket as he was being processed at the jail, according to sheriff's reports. He remained at the jail Wednesday in lieu of $6,000 bail.
Sentencing today in baby's death
Tawnya Hines, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to wrapping her newborn in a towel and stuffing her in a bathroom cabinet, will be sentenced this afternoon. A court hearing lasted well into Tuesday night, as psychologists and counselors testified about Hines' low IQ, limited mental capacity and troubled youth. Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa said he did not want to rush sentencing on the second-degree murder charge and had Hines, 31, taken into custody. She could receive a lengthy prison sentence, but her lawyers are asking for probation with intensive mental health treatment.
Classic car show to be held Saturday
Jan's Cruiz-In car show will be held Saturday at the Golden Corral, 8928 U.S. 19. Owners of antique or classic cars or trucks may register their vehicles from 10 a.m. to noon for a $15 fee. Drivers participating in the show will get a free buffet; trophies and best of show dash plaques will be distributed at 3 p.m. For information call Jan at (727) 841-9122, e-mail [email protected] or visit janscruizin.com.
Pasco Commissioner Michael Cox was speaking about reluctance from all agencies to consolidate 911 dispatch operations when he said, "I'm a little bit tired of it." A story Wednesday did not fully explain to whom he was referring.