T. Rowe Price one step closer to moving here
The Southwest Florida Water Management District gave the green light Friday to an environmental permit for the office complex to house T. Rowe Price's expansion in Land O'Lakes. The approval is one of the final steps before the company will move. Pasco County and the state are offering more than $26.5 million in incentives for the company to move 400 jobs from Tampa and add 1,200 more jobs over a decade. The company would build three 150,000-square-foot buildings on State Road 54 east of the Suncoast Parkway. A T. Rowe Price spokesman said Friday that the company hasn't committed to the expansion yet because it is finishing its "due diligence" on the site.
Two kids hurt in school bus crash
Two students on their way to Charles Rushe Middle School complained of back and neck injuries Friday morning after their school bus was rear-ended by a pickup at State Road 54 and U.S. 41, school district officials said. The bus was stopped at the intersection when the pickup ran into it, said Jack Greene, a supervisor in the district transportation department. Of 44 children on board, two complained of injuries. One was released to his father at the scene, Greene said. Another was taken to Community Hospital in Tampa. The students' names were not released. The others continued to school in a replacement bus while law enforcement and district officials investigated.
Man, 21, charged with sexual battery
A 21-year-old Land O'Lakes man was arrested Thursday on charges he had sex with a child on multiple occasions from 2001 to 2005. At the time of the last encounter, the child was 12, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The victim told authorities that James K. Nelson abused her several times and that she was afraid to tell anyone because Nelson threatened to kill her if she did. Nelson told a detective he had sexual intercourse with the victim, but "only two or three times," according to his arrest report. Nelson is charged with involuntary sexual battery and is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
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Deputies searching for bank robber
Pasco County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man accused of robbing a Bank of America on Thursday. Police say the man, described as 6 feet tall, white and 40 to 55 years old, went into the bank at 5242 Little Road about 3 p.m. Thursday. He handed a teller a note demanding money, implied he had a gun and left with an undisclosed amount. He wore a blue flannel striped shirt, a white baseball cap and mirrored sunglasses. No one was injured. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Matt Myers toll-free at 1-800-854-2862.
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