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Wesley Chapel mobile home park manager accused of stealing rent

WESLEY CHAPEL

Mobile home park manager jailed in thefts

A 35-year-old mobile home park manager was arrested Thursday after park owners discovered she had pocketed more than $5,000 in tenants' rent money, authorities said. The owners of River Haven Mobile Home & RV Park began noticing that a few long-term tenants were behind on their rent this spring, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. But the tenants had the receipts to prove they had paid — in cash, to the park manager, Amanda Bourque. Bourque, who as the park manager rented vacant units and collected rent money from tenants, admitted she took rent money for personal use, the report said. Bourque, of 6636 Mangrove Drive in Wesley Chapel, has been charged with scheme to defraud. She is being held at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Missing resident located in Citrus

A 45-year-old man who had been missing since April has been found, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Friday. Richard "Rick" Persing left his Ryerson Circle home April 20 and posted a note saying he was going fishing. The experienced truck driver had been depressed about recent hardships, so when the family hadn't heard from him, they became worried. Authorities put out a missing person alert this month. Persing turned up earlier this week in Citrus County, "drifting homeless with a bike and a backpack of clothes," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

ZEPHYRHILLS

National Night Out fights drugs, crime

The Zephyrhills Police Department and Zephyrhills Main Street are hosting National Night Out, an annual crime and drug prevention event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4. McGruff the Crime Dog will be there as well as the Pasco Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, crime prevention displays, and children's fingerprinting and identification kits. The event will be held on Fifth Avenue and will include food vendors, entertainment, and children's activities and games. For information, call the Police Department at (813) 780-0050, ext. 147, or Main Street Zephyrhills at (813) 780-1414.

HOLIDAY

Feeling great at 28

Possom the cat is 28 years old — the equivalent of roughly 130 human years — which makes her the Cat Fancy winner for America's oldest cat. TampaBay

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