2 patrol cars, 2 accidents in as many days
Two Pasco sheriff's deputies were involved in separate car accidents while on duty the last two days. Deputy Anthony Petersen was turning left off U.S. 41 into a gas station near Swans Landing Drive in Land O'Lakes on Thursday when a southbound pickup struck him, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said. Petersen, 25, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. His patrol car was totaled. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. Just after 1 p.m. Friday, Deputy Paul Monaghan lost control of his patrol car and careened into a tire business at 5444 Little Road in New Port Richey, Tobin said. Monaghan, 31, did not have any serious injuries but was taken to a local hospital. No one else was injured. Tobin said it's unknown why Monaghan lost control, but it appears to be related to a medical condition.
Controlled burns begin next month
About 400 acres in the Weekiwachee Preserve, located in Hernando and Pasco counties just west of Spring Hill, will be targeted with small, controlled burns during October. The Southwest Florida Water Management District, which owns the preserve, performs the burns to clear out the undergrowth that could otherwise fuel a serious wildfire. The agency will also conduct controlled burns next month on 260 acres in the Annuteliga Hammock in Hernando County, near Royal Highlands and U.S. 19.
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Get to Sims Park for Founders Day
Founders Day is in full swing today at Sims Park with live music, the carnival and midway, the arts and crafts village, Miss Daisy boat tours and various children's activities. The popular plant sale, hosted by the Nature Coast Florida Native Plant Society, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today only. Dog owners are invited to "Lunch on a leash at the lake," a gourmet lunch for people and pooches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today near Orange Lake. Live music offerings in Sims Park include the classic rock group Boneyard Dogs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., true oldies artist Jonathan Cortez at 6 p.m., 60s Groove from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Eddie Toye/Live and Let Die, a tribute to the music of Paul McCartney, from 8:45 to 10:45 p.m. Folk music will be performed by various artists from 1 to 5 p.m. in Peace Hall.
Angelo's Aggregate Materials is owned by the Iafrate family. The name of the family that owns Angelo's was incorrect in a story about a proposed Pasco landfill that ran Thursday.