Thursday, April 26, 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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Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa

Orlando man sought in Interstate 4 carjackings captured in Tampa

TAMPA — A 43-year-old Orlando man who was being sought in a string of carjackings along Interstate 4 was captured on Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Majar L. Jones, 43, was considered armed and dangerous and the subjec...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Chris Kunitz brings four Stanley Cups worth of experience to the Lightning

Chris Kunitz brings four Stanley Cups worth of experience to the Lightning

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida has one of the highest rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes, study finds

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Florida is among the top three states with the highest per capita rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes, a new study published on Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found.From 2006 to 2016, the organization examined hit-and-run crashes in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Wildlife commission rejects letting anglers catch and keep Goliath grouper

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Florida’s wildlife commissioners Thursday shot down a move to allow anglers to catch and keep goliath grouper, the enormous, slow-moving fish that have been protected in state and federal waters since 1990."We’re not looking to have a harvest for the...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, looking to make it a six-pack of W’s

For starters: Rays at Orioles, looking to make it a six-pack of W’s

The Rays take on the Orioles again tonight looking to extend their winning streak to six, which would be their longest since a nine-game streak under Joe Maddon in 2014.And they will send their top starter, RHP Chris Archer, to the mound looking ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Hernando High student charged in school threat

Deputies: Hernando High student charged in school threat

BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando High School student was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he threatened to get a gun and shoot people at his school on Thursday. The student, 17, was out on suspension from the school, according to a news release. He tol...
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Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

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Updated: 2 hours ago
A Trump supporter wearing a MAGA hat said a bar refused to serve him. A judge said they were allowed to

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A Philadelphia accountant lost his lawsuit against a Manhattan bar that is accused of kicking him out after he walked in wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap. Greg Piatek, 31, sued The Happiest Hour bar in New York’s West Village for unspecified ...
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