New Port Richey pedestrian, 60, killed on U.S. 19
A New Port Richey woman was killed Thursday morning after walking into the path of a truck on U.S. 19. Jacqueline Whitacre, 60, had entered the northbound lane near Edna Avenue when a 2001 Ford pickup struck and killed her about 10 a.m. Edna Avenue is just north of State Road 52 near the entrance to Beacon Woods. No charges have been filed against driver Frank McKissack, 72, of Bayonet Point.
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Program focuses on healthy starts
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties Inc. is kicking off the school year with a new back to school giveaway program, "Eat Smart for a Healthy Start." The coalition will host three events in Pasco and Hernando focused on the importance of healthy nutrition. The first 250 children up to 8 years old to attend each Eat Smart for a Healthy Start event will take home a lunch box filled with informative materials and goodies. Join the Early Learning Coalition to celebrate the new school year at the following locations:
• 7334 Little Road, Suite 102, New Port Richey, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
• 26 S Brooksville Ave., Brooksville, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
• 15000 U.S. 301, Dade City, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Man, 43, admits to raping teenager
A 17-year-old girl told a Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy that a man raped her on Tuesday. Authorities questioned Anthony Frank Kandal Jr., 43, on Wednesday, and he admitted to forcing the girl to have sexual intercourse with him not just on Tuesday, but several times, according to a sheriff's report. He was arrested and charged with sexual battery. Kandal, of 7011 Rockwood St. in Port Richey, is being held without bail at Land O'Lakes jail.
Mall hosts kids' clothing drive
Gulf View Square mall will be one of 20 Simon malls in Florida to host "Look Smart. Book Smart," a back-to-school new clothing drive for disadvantaged children, in support of Dignity U Wear. Dignity is a statewide not-for-profit with partnering organizations throughout Florida, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Creative Services, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Neat Stuff, the Beta Center, Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida and more. The event will welcome representatives from Dignity U Wear's partner organizations to collect donations of new children's clothing and school supplies during tax-free weekend Aug. 14 and 15 from noon to 5 p.m.