Arrest made in slaying of ex-principal
A teen has been arrested in the slaying of former Gulf High School principal Ed Campbell, according to the Madison Enterprise-Recorder. Gary Leonard Givens, 18, was arrested early Wednesday in connection with the weekend killing, the newspaper reports. Charges against him include homicide, burglary, grand theft, theft and credit card fraud. Charges are pending on a second suspect in the case, the newspaper reports. The Madison County Sheriff's Office did not return calls Wednesday afternoon from the Pasco Times. Campbell, 75, was found dead Saturday inside his rural North Florida home. He was from Madison County and moved back there after retiring from Pasco schools.
Body found in Sea Ranch canal
The body of a man was found Wednesday afternoon in a canal in the Sea Ranch subdivision. Authorities have not released the name of the man, but the death does not appear to be suspicious, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Susan Begin, who lives in an apartment on Sea Ranch Drive, said she looked out her window Wednesday afternoon and saw a man's arm hanging onto the dock. She called 911 and alerted the property manager, who ran out to help, thinking the man might still be alive. "I saw right away he was dead," said Marcin Gora, the property manager. He said the man appeared to have blood on his face and an injury to his head.
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Blues Masters night at Chasco
Damon Fowler returns to the Chasco Fiesta stage tonight with fellow bluesmen J.P. Soars and Victor Wainwright as Southern Hospitality, the headliners of Blues Masters night at the Sims Park amphitheater. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5. True Oldies Night ($5) will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, and the festival wraps up Saturday with the big Country Concert at 5:45 p.m. ($10-$20 in advance, $15-$25 at the gate). The carnival and midway will be open from 5 to 10 tonight, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For information visit www.chascofiesta.com.
Attention, eagle-eyed recyclers: The Pasco Times jumped the gun Wednesday with news that more types of plastics are eligible for the county's blue bag recycling program. Pasco has long accepted items stamped No. 1 or 2, and recycling coordinator Jennifer Seney said residents will soon be able to recycle items stamped No. 3-7. Pricing and other details will be included in a new agreement with a vendor to buy the county's recyclables. That agreement would begin Oct. 1. The current contract with Republic Services does not include those types of plastic. Once the new contract is in place, Seney said, people will be able to recycle many more items, such as plastic deli containers, takeout soup bowls, butter tubs and yogurt cups. The best bet, she said, is to look for a number at the bottom of the item. The new rules would still prohibit items such as grocery bags, coat hangers and plastic toys. Also, Seney said, no outlandish items at public recycling dropoff locations: "No, we really don't want your car bumper. We don't want your lawn chair."