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West Pasco briefs: County wins exemption on hurricane shelter rule


County wins exemption on shelter rule

Pasco County won federal approval Wednesday to build its regional hurricane shelter to withstand 160 mph winds, not 200 mph as required under the latest guidelines. The exemption, granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, means the county won't have to find another $4.2-million to build the shelter. The county secured up to $7.6-million two years ago to build under the 160 mph standard, but FEMA raised the design standard last November without doling out more dollars. Local and state officials argued the higher wind standard made sense for tornadoes, but was not necessary for hurricanes. The exemption also allows shelters in St. Lucie, Duval, Highlands and Hillsborough counties to use the old standard.


FHP: Man drove off after van hit girl

Edward C. Russo Jr.'s driver's license has been suspended 10 times. But he was behind the wheel Tuesday, according to authorities, when he hit an 11-year-old girl on her bike and drove off. The girl was treated at a hospital for lacerations on her left forearm and other injuries. Russo, 45, was arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and cited with knowingly driving with a suspended license. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the girl's mother said her daughter rode her bike onto Beau Lane when Russo's westbound van hit her. Witnesses jotted down the van's tag, the report said, and identified Russo as the driver. Russo said the girl rode into the side of his van and that he left his contact information. Records show that New York declared Russo a sex offender in 1982 and that he has a long record of criminal and driving infractions in Florida. Russo, of 6125 Seabreeze Drive, Port Richey, was in jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,250 bail.

Man, then wife arrested in fracas

Richard Brewer was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of battering his wife. But when his wife didn't want him to go to jail, she ended up there herself. It started with the couple arguing outside their home at 7932 Cherrytree Lane, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. Richard Allen Brewer, 32, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery, accused of striking his wife's leg and pushing her down. But deputies say his wife refused to cooperate with the investigation, then tried to open the door to the sheriff's cruiser that held her husband. Lacy Brewer also kept shoving a deputy, the report said, despite his warnings to stop. "I don't care," she told the deputy, according to the report. "Arrest me." So he arrested Lacy Brianne Brewer, 26, on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer without violence. The husband was released on his recognizance Wednesday. His wife remained there that evening in lieu of $150 bail.

Pasco deaths

Baker, Louis

Boldizsar, Bernice

Brooks, Henry T Jr. "Skip"

Cianflone, Josephine "Joan"

Gerlitzky, Rose Mary

Hancock, Neal Hubert

LaHara, Blanche

McAlister, Richard H.

Miller, Preston E.

Pytel, Regina E.

Webster, Sarah

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

West Pasco briefs: County wins exemption on hurricane shelter rule 06/04/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:25am]
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