Woman charged with embezzling from company
Florence L. McKee, 34, was arrested Wednesday and charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from her former employer, Surecrete Design Products, a decorative and specialty concrete manufacturer in Dade City. According to the Dade City police, McKee was employed in a fiduciary position with the company. She is suspected of using her position to send herself wire transfers, using the corporate credit card for personal business and writing company checks to her family members. McKee, who lives in Zephyrhills, admitted to the offense, according to her police report. She is charged with grand theft and was released soon after being booked into the Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail.
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FCAT takers violate cell phone rule
The message came over the intercom before the FCAT test began. Teachers repeated it as students entered the testing rooms. No cell phones allowed. Have one in your possession, much less try to use one, and your test will be invalidated. At least one Gulf High junior didn't pay attention. "We had a girl who had completed a section" of Thursday's science FCAT, principal Steve Knobl said. "The teacher saw the student pull a cell phone out. … The student was texting." She's not the only one to break the rule. A couple of students at Hudson High had their phones out during the test period this week, principal Dave LaRoche said, resulting in a "do not score" order. "The directions are clearly stated and they appear in multiple places," said Madeline Barbery, who oversees FCAT testing for Pasco County. "They just have to let go of the phone during testing. They will get them back." Last year, six Pasco students had their FCAT scores invalidated because of the cell phone rule.
Man badly hurt when hit by car
A 39-year-old man received serious injuries when he was struck by a car as he walked along Pretty Pond Road Wednesday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Keith Traynor of Zephyrhills was walking on the east bound lane, with traffic, just before 7 a.m. Joshua Leasure, 26, also of Zephyrhills, was driving east on Pretty Pond and didn't see Traynor, the FHP said. Leasure hit Traynor, who struck the windshield of Leasure's Chevrolet before landing on the south shoulder of Pretty Pond Road. Traynor was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in serious condition. The FHP is investigating the accident. No charges have been filed.
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