interim ceo gets permanent job at hospital
Shauna McKinnon, who was tapped in January as interim CEO of Pasco Regional Medical Center, now has the job permanently. The hospital announced Wednesday that McKinnon, 39, would take the reins of the 120-bed hospital, which is owned by Health Management Associates. McKinnon brings more than 17 years of practical and hospital-based administrative and nursing experience. She joined Health Management Associates in 2004, and in 2011 she was named chief operating officer of Spring Hill Regional Hospital. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish Nova Scotia, Canada, and a master's in business and health care administration from Baker University in Flint, Mich.
Body found near homeless camp
Deputies were investigating a suspicious death scene Wednesday evening after a woman's body was found near a homeless camp by Dayflower and Oakley boulevards. The 911 call came in at 5:09 p.m. Authorities did not identify the woman or release any other details.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Date night plans end with trip to jail
When Jennifer Lee's husband took her out Tuesday for a few beers and a basket of Beef 'O' Brady's chicken wings, deputies say, she had a plan for how to spend the rest of the night: a round of mini golf and a motel room. Her 68-year-old husband, Benjamin Lee, wasn't on board with the plan, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The motel room would have been $100, he later told deputies. They argued. He nixed the mini golf idea, too, and decided they'd just go home. Just before 8 p.m., a deputy waiting on a red light at U.S. 19 and Embassy Boulevard spotted the couple in Benjamin Lee's pickup truck, where Jennifer Lee was slapping her husband in the face, then grabbed a fistful of his hair and jerked his head around, the report states. The deputy stopped the truck to talk with the couple. Jennifer Lee, 46, told the deputy that her husband said mean things to her and that she just wanted to play mini golf. The deputy arrested Jennifer Lee of New Port Richey on a charge of battery on a person older than 65. She got a room that night in the Land O'Lakes jail and remained there Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $250 bail.
• Another victim — this time a 17-year-old girl shelving books at the Regency Park Library — steps forward with allegations about a man exposing himself in public. Page 3.
• A child shall lead them, at least when Pasco deputies came looking for a New Port Richey man wanted on a warrant. Page 3.
• The inaugural Central Pasco Gran Fondo drew about 150 cyclists for a scenic ride through northeast Pasco. Page 6.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Shauna McKinnon was previously chief operating officer of Spring Hill Regional Hospital. The original version of this article misstated her title.