Teen charged in burglary of senior's home
A teenager is accused of breaking into an elderly woman's house while she slept, stealing her costume jewelry, rifling through her medications and waking her up by shining a flashlight in her face. The incident happened at 11:15 p.m. Nov. 24 on Charter Street in Zephyrhills. The woman, then 87, told authorities she screamed and the burglar took off. She ran to a neighbor's house to call 911. Blaine Dean Watkins, 18, of 8131 Cass Road in Zephyrhills, was arrested Wednesday. He is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and petty theft. Watkins' fingerprint was found in the victim's home, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The victim said she does not know Watkins. The teen is being held without bail in the Pasco County jail.
Tell city how you feel in new survey
In the next few weeks, residents will get the chance to tell city officials exactly what is on their minds. Officials are sending out the second annual city satisfaction survey with utility bills. Last year's survey failed to excite residents: Only 84 households out of 1,000 responded. In an effort to boost response rates, the city enclosed stamped response envelopes with this year's survey. Among the questions on this year's survey, residents will be asked if they support construction of a new city hall and police station, and if they are willing to pay a $4 monthly fee to improve the city's stormwater drainage system. Surveys are due by the end of February.
Forums planned for 'savvy seniors'
The Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. will host the first of its "Savvy Senior" series from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at the Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. The "Savvy Seniors" series is an informational forum for adults ages 55 and older with a passion for education. The first presentation, "Pasco Shines," will be an update from schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino, highlighting the school district's academic and operational success. The second presentation will feature Steve Athanassie, president of Trademark Capital Inc., with strategies to "Make Sure You Don't Outlive Your Retirement Income." The session will allow guests to ask questions of both presenters. The free event is open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. To RSVP, call (813) 310-9772.