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Suspected Valentine Bloods gang member is arrested on federal charges

PORT RICHEY

Final fugitive jailed in drug, firearms case

Harold "Kiss" Vazquez, 28, the last of eight men wanted on federal drug and firearms charges, was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. His listed occupation on his arrest report is "drug dealer." Vazquez is among the suspected members of the Valentine Bloods street gang who were indicted nearly a month ago. The investigation began a year and a half ago, and involved work by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Port Richey Police Department. The men indicted all live around the New Port Richey area. As a group, they have been arrested more than 120 times. They've been charged with 64 felonies and been convicted of 20. Vazquez is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

HUDSON

Two-car collision proves to be fatal

A 91-year-old man died Tuesday after his car collided with another vehicle that ran a red light, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The agency has not yet released the Hudson man's name, pending notification of next-of-kin. FHP said the man began turning left from Little Road onto State Road 52 shortly before 9 a.m. when a car going westbound on SR 52 drove through the red light. That car was driven by Sheri Lynn Grueneberg, 46, of New Port Richey. Both drivers were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where the older man later died from his injuries. He had worn a seat belt; Grueneberg, who received serious injuries, had not, FHP said. The agency said charges are pending.

HOLIDAY

Foreclosure help workshop on tap

If you're facing foreclosure, Florida Housing Help is on the way. State and county officials will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 to educate home­owners about their options and offer assistance. Lenders and counselors who have been certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be on hand, along with community agencies that may have resources to help. The workshop will be at Community United Methodist Church, 3214 U.S. 19, Holiday. Pre-registration is recommended; call the state Department of Financial Services toll-free 1-877-693-5236.

Correction

Hernando-Pasco Hospice's grief support group at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Hudson meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays. An incorrect date appeared in Tuesday's Health Notes.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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