NEW PORT RICHEY
Officers cleared in shooting death of man
The State Attorney's Office has cleared a police officer and a sheriff's deputy in the shooting death of a 29-year-old man during a traffic stop in February. Jason Wilson was a passenger in the back of a Honda Civic when it was stopped on Main Street about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 17. The other occupants got out but Wilson refused, and Deputy Paul Downey saw him reach for a gun. Downey and New Port Richey Officer Anthony Pedrero both drew their guns and began firing. Wilson fired one shot before he was killed by the officers' bullets. He had three more live rounds in his gun. The State Attorney's Office determined that Downey and Pedrero were acting in the performance of their legal duties and the shooting was "justifiable homicide."
Dade City woman charged with DUI
A Dade City woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with DUI manslaughter in a crash last June that killed her 15-year-old passenger. Leah Nicole Slagle, 19, was driving east on Wire Road near U.S. 301 late on June 26 when she lost control in a curve and struck a tree. Holly M. Robbins of Clearwater, the passenger, died at the scene. Slagle was later found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.151, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Florida law presumes impairment at 0.08. Slagle was also charged with DUI and DUI with property damage, and cited for careless driving and failing to wear a seat belt. Cody Stephen Polanis, 19, of Dade City was also charged Wednesday with having an open house party at 16440 Brigham Road in Dade City with more than 90 people. FHP said Polanis' house party is where Slagle drank before the crash.
Seminar to teach basics of Medicare
Retirement is on the horizon for the oldest of baby boomers who are turning 65 this year. As the reality of dealing with Medicare looms large, many are uncertain about Medicare options and the processes for enrollment. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, is prepared to provide the assistance with the last of six seminars being held in the local area. "Medicare 101" led by Paul Hall, a trained SHINE volunteer, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in Clayton Hall at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, State Road 52, Dade City. For information or to reserve a seat, call Mary Lee at the Pasco County Extension office at (352) 521-2488. Reservations are not required but do help in planning for enough materials. All current and soon-to-be Medicare beneficiaries are also invited to make an appointment for one-on-one SHINE counseling or enrollment assistance at the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension office at the Fairgrounds in Dade City. Appointments can be made by contacting your local Area Agency on Aging, tollfree at 1-800-963-5337.