Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

The Week In Words

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

"Just keeping that school up and going, you're pouring money into a really old building. So we made a decision to look at moving it."

Ray Gadd, assistant superintendent of schools, regarding the possibility of moving the Moore Mickens Education Center. The idea has generated controversy because Moore Mickens has historical significance as the county's first permanent school for black students in the 1930s.

"It's got disaster written all over it.''

Pasco Fire Marshal Dave Campbell, expressing worry that some 250 residents of a high-rise condominium building were lighting candles after a fire cut off electrical service.

"We decided to give it another year to go through our facilities options in more depth."

Anne Corcoran after requesting a one-year delay for the Classical Preparatory Academy, a charter school that had figured to open in August.

"It was all bull----. A lot of it was staged, to be quite honest."

Johnny DeMicco, an employee and son of Micco Motors owner Gary DeMicco, regarding a Spike TV show episode called "The Worst Little Car Lot in Florida.''

"When you look at where you've come from, you've come a long way."

Accountant Pete Schatzel, giving the Port Richey City Council positive news about city finance.

"The hardest thing of all will be to tell his oldest grandson that he's not coming again."

Susan MacManus, well-known political analyst and professor at the University of South Florida, after her younger brother, Dr. Harold MacManus, was killed in a plane crash near Land O'Lakes.

"She said David was mad about her working there and was saying she was prostituting herself at the club."

A sheriff's deputy's report of a dispute that led to the beating death of a Jack Russell terrier and the subsequent arrest of David Crivelli, 49, of Hudson. The Sheriff's Office says Crivelli punched his girlfriend several times and then beat the dog with a champagne bottle. He was charged with domestic battery and cruelty to animals.

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Sara Hall sets course record in women’s Gasparilla half-marathon

Sara Hall sets course record in women’s Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — Stephanie Bruce returned Sunday to defend her title at the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon. She ran a blistering pace, shaving 50 seconds off her time from last year to finish well under the course record.Still, it was ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

TAMPA — Only a few feet separated Elkanah Kibet and Parker Stinson as they headed down the homestretch in Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon.Kibet made his move at the right time, surging ahead and holding off the hard-ch...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

PLANT CITY — A man died Saturday night after he was stabbed inside his home by a neighbor, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Moses Wilson, 49, got into an argument with James Michael Meeks, 23, both of whom live at 4308 James L. R...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

WASHINGTON — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and j...
Updated: 3 hours ago
3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Severe thunderstorms spawned suspected tornadoes and triggered widespread flooding that left at least three people dead in Kentucky and Arkansas. The system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian maritime provinces on Sunday ha...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

He was chronically depressed, beguiled by firearms and violence, an oddball ostracized by peers and prone to angry outbursts.He experienced, in rapid succession, blows of the sort that can send a disturbed, isolated young man hurtling into a spiral o...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Published: 02/24/18
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Published: 02/24/18

boca ratonState lawmakerencourages Scott to remove sheriffA lawmaker is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a letter sent to ...
Published: 02/24/18

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Published: 02/24/18