Report: Foul, slurred words lead to jail
A car turned onto U.S. 19 just after 1 a.m. Thursday, ahead of a black Chevy pickup driven by Patrick Todd Wescoat, 37. According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, here's what happened next: Wescoat swerved behind the other car, coming within inches of it. With Wescoat still tailgating, the car pulled into a left turn lane at a red light. Wescoat came to a stop one lane over, and slurring his words, yelled out "Are you a f------ a------?" The other driver, it turns out, was a sheriff's deputy in an unmarked patrol car. The deputy promptly pulled Wescoat over and asked him to perform field sobriety tests. He failed. Wescoat, a Publix manager, also took a Breathalyzer test, with results of 0.278 and 0.268. Wescoat, who weighs 140 pounds, would have had to drink about 11 beers or nine cocktails to reach that level of impairment, according to several DUI Web site calculators. Florida law presumes drivers impaired at 0.08, the equivalent of three beers for a 140-pound person. Wescoat, of 3519 Westchester Drive, was charged with driving under the influence. He went to jail and was released hours later after posting $250 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Work starts today on Railroad Square
Railroad Square, a long-anticipated streetscaping project downtown, gets under way today. City officials are holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. for the first phase of the $457,151 project, which is being built by Palm Harbor-based R.A.M. Excavating. The improvements, which will cover the stretch of Nebraska Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Adams Street, include brick-patterned pavement, decorative streetlights and railroad crossings that will be used to close off Nebraska for special events. The project aims to showcase New Port Richey's heritage as a booming railroad town in the early 1920s. Officials also hope that the project will spur private investments by property owners along that corridor.
• Pasco County got an exemption to build its regional hurricane shelter to withstand 190 mph winds instead of the required 200 mph. An item Thursday gave an incorrect wind speed threshold.
• Bobby Kinzy, a candidate for Pasco County sheriff, is running under no party affiliation. A story Saturday named a different party.
Allen, Robert E.
Downing, Dolores "Dee"
Fountain, Renee Elizabeth
Garrod, Charles Crane Jr.
Iehle, Mary T.
Ludwig, Marie L.
Olsen, Marion Frances
Riendeau, Mark Steven
Vorhies, Roger R.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.