Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

The week in words in Pasco

The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"I appeal to you to consider what harm was done and does the punishment fit the crime. If you would not fire a person for having sex on school property and fire a great teacher for trying to do what she thought was best is a true injustice."

Ian Cruikshank in a letter to the School Board, defending his wife, Angelica, 33, a Spanish teacher at Land O'Lakes High School. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino is recommending her firing over policing students' Facebook accounts.

"I just wanted someone to make my wife do what I wanted her to do."

Doyle Hardwick, 57, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. Hardwick, of Land O'Lakes, allegedly called 911 in an attempt to make his wife go to bed so he could check his Facebook page. He was charged with misuse of 911.

"Religion is the rock. These people need that rock to hold onto."

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco regarding the faith-based Celebrate Recovery program he initiated at the jail for addicted inmates.

"Add all the numbers, we start the year with a negative $14 million."

Pasco School Finance Officer Olga Swinson as she explained to the School Board that the district faces a projected budget shortfall of $26 million in 2012-13.

"I don't think I should get another red light ticket in Pasco County for the rest of my life. In my opinion, it's precedent."

Thomas Filippone, 45, after he successfully fought a ticket for allegedly running a red light at a Port Richey intersection monitored by a camera. Pasco County Judge Anne Wansboro dismissed the charge, saying in her order that the law "impermissibly shifts the burden of proof to the defendant and therefore does not afford due process, and is unconstitutional to the extent due process is not provided."

"You always hear about local boy does well. Well, we've done pretty good. We've had a lot of good times, and we've brought this county gigantic leaps."

County Administrator John Gallagher after commissioners surprised him with a resolution honoring him for 30 years on the job.

"So, somebody apologizes to you and you get angry at me?"

County Commissioner Pat Mulieri during an exchange with an auctioneer who criticized her for not closely reviewing a proposed ordinance that would impose restrictions on gold and coin dealers. The commission decided to strike the rules and start over.

"The best predictor of future events is past behavior. Four rapes in eight years."

Assistant State Attorney Eric Rosario as he argued to keep Jesse James Orshal in prison indefintely under the Jimmy Ryce Act. He last attack, the brutal rape of a 64-year-old woman in Hudson Beach, sent him to prison eight years ago.

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