Suspect in sex party slaying arrives in Pasco
The second suspect in the Pasco sex party slaying case arrived Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail after being extradited from Tennessee. Authorities say Jason Andrews, a 27-year-old DJ and adult film star, orchestrated the attack with his girlfriend Amanda Logue, 28, a porn star who had been hired to perform at the sex party. Dennis "Scooter" Abrahamsen, a 41-year-old biker who ran a tattoo parlor on State Road 52, was found dead May 16. He had been bludgeoned with a sledgehammer and stabbed multiple times in the back. Logue was arrested a few weeks later at her Georgia home, but Andrews fled to Tennessee, where he was arrested last week. The two are being held at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail on charges of first-degree murder.
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School won't be used in Sink ad
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink had hoped to film a campaign ad inside Gulf Middle School. She wanted to do it on a weekend, when no one else was in the school. She offered to pay a rental fee. But the Pasco School Board would have none of it. Without knowing which candidate had asked to use its school, the board unanimously rejected Sink's request this week. "I personally don't think the board ought to approve this one. I don't want to set a precedent where we become a backdrop for campaigns of any kind," board member Joanne Hurley said. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the board that the district had opened schools during non-student hours for U.S. Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite and Gus Bilirakis. But those were for presentations on public matters, such as veterans benefits and student loans, and not for campaign activities. "It was being utilized for our citizens," said Fiorentino, who backed the board's position. "That is the difference."
Animal shelter will stay open later
Aiming to make the shelter more accessible to working people, Pasco County Animal Services announced extended hours on Thursdays starting Aug. 12. The shelter at 19640 Dogpatch Lane will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. It will keep its regular hours of noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The shelter will be closed Sundays and Mondays starting Aug. 8. Customer service and field service hours remain unchanged: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours field services are for emergencies only. For information, visit www.pascocountyfl.net or call (813) 929-1212, (727) 834-3216 or (352) 521-5194.