City Council member Urban Stepping down
Tim Urban announced this week he will step down from the Zephyrhills City Council. Urban, 44, plans to move back to his hometown of Brooksville, where he took a job last November as manager of professional development for the Hernando County school district. Urban, a former assistant principal at Zephyrhills High School, said it's important to live in the community in which he serves, and the move eliminates his 45-minute commutes, giving him more time with his family. He will officially announce his resignation at the council meeting Monday night, and it will be effective July 1. "I have mixed feelings about it but I also understand that sometimes in life you have to make difficult decisions and this is one of those times," Urban said Wednesday. "Living and working in and representing the city of Zephyrhills has been a tremendous opportunity and I will miss it." Urban took office in April 2010 after running unopposed for the seat. City Clerk Linda Boan said if more than one candidate qualifies to run for the new vacancy, the city will hold a special election later this year.
Motorcyclist is killed in crash
For the second time in as many days, a motorcycle crash has claimed a life on a Pasco County road. The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating a crash Wednesday evening at U.S. 19 and Beacon Woods Drive. Authorities have not yet released the name of the deceased or the circumstances of the accident. On Tuesday morning, Roderick Shane Napier, 25, of Tarpon Springs, lost control of his Yamaha sports bike when a car started to pull out in front of him on Photonics Drive, outside the Trinity YMCA, FHP said. Napier died at the scene.
Man wounded by shot after dispute
Authorities are searching for the person who shot a 20-year-old man Tuesday night near La Jolla Way and Northwood Palms Road. The victim, whose name has not been released, had just left the scene of an argument at a basketball court in the Northwood subdivision when he was shot in his car about 8:45 p.m., the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. He was treated for a wound in his side, and was released Wednesday from the hospital. Authorities have not released any further information about the argument or the suspect, saying the case is still under investigation.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Boy in fight uses screwdriver
A 12-year-old boy is accused of stabbing a person in the face with a screwdriver. The fight happened sometime Tuesday in front of a witness, according to a New Port Richey Police Department report. Dixon Purkapile told officers he stabbed the victim and pointed out the screwdriver he used, the report said. Purkapile was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated battery. Police did not release the age or condition of the victim, Kale Kupsik, or say what prompted the fight.