NEW PORT RICHEY
Deputies: Dog killed in man's suicide attempt
A 40-year-old man who tried to kill himself with a samurai sword ended up stabbing his dog to death, authorities said. Richard Alan Cook tried to commit suicide about 2 a.m. May 2 at his home at 3211 Covina St., according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He survived the attempt, but in the process stabbed his 9-year-old Shar-Pei seven times, deputies said. Cook was originally taken into custody for a mental health evaluation under the state's Baker Act. Prosecutors later decided to file a charge of animal cruelty, and Cook was arrested Monday on that warrant. Cook was released from the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,000 bail.
Recent rains bring an end to fire ban
Citing the recent rains, Pasco County commissioners Tuesday lifted the burn ban that prohibited residents from burning yard trash and having bonfires. The ban was enacted three weeks ago as dozens of large wildfires burned across Florida. Since then, the summer rainy season has begun, including a good soaking Friday that brought about 41/2 inches of rain to west Pasco and about 21/2 inches of rain to east Pasco. State fire officials have eased restrictions such as those on campfires in state parks.
Photos take a step back to the 1920s
The Pasco County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Friday at the American Legion Hall, 37745 Church Ave. Jeff Miller, who runs the Fivay.org website, will show a collection of early Pasco County photos assembled by Helen Eck Sparkman. Members will see an assortment of high-quality professional photos, most of them taken for the Board of Trade in the 1920s. Pictured are businesses, residences, people and outdoor scenes of Dade City and San Antonio. A covered-dish dinner will precede the program. Members are asked to bring a dish to share and their own table-service and beverage. Visitors are welcome. Call (352) 567-2050.
Fundraiser stiffs charities, wrestlers
Last weekend's wrestling show in New Port Richey was billed as a tribute to Randy "Macho Man" Savage and a fundraiser for two children's hospitals. But some performers say they weren't paid, and the promoter now says he didn't clear enough money to pay either charity. Story, Tampa Bay