NEW PORT RICHEY
Gang member charged in man's beating
An admitted member of the Vice Lords street gang was arrested Tuesday on charges he beat up a man, breaking three of his teeth. A witness told deputies that Dakeem Coffey, 20, blindsided Jacob Rogers with a punch to the face, then kicked Rogers after he fell to the ground, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Rogers' chin required seven stitches from the Jan. 28 attack. Rogers and the witness both identified Coffey from a photo lineup, the report said. When deputies confronted Coffey this week, the report said, he admitted hitting Rogers. Coffey, of 7301 Sea Grape Ave. in Port Richey, was arrested on a charge of felony battery and is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Fair on Community Awareness Feb. 18
The Pasco County school district's RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) will present a Community Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. to help connect people to resources in the community. For information, call (813) 794-2207, (727) 774-2207 or (352) 524-2207.
Times office going to Cypress Creek
The St. Petersburg Times is consolidating its east and central Pasco business and news operations. The company will close its Dade City bureau on Meridian Avenue and move employees to the Cypress Creek bureau, which is just east of I-75 on State Road 56. The address is 26240 Golden Maple Loop, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. Reporters will continue to cover news in Dade City, but will be dispatched from the bureaus in Wesley Chapel and Port Richey. The Times first opened a bureau in Dade City over the old Touchton Building on 7th Street in 1972. It moved into the Old City Hall building in June 2000. Jon O'Neill, the east/central editor, can be reached at (813) 909-4607. Sean Ashburn in retail advertising can be reached at (813) 909-4603.
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