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Holiday woman missing since the weekend found in muddy mangrove


Missing woman found trapped in mangroves

A 62-year-old woman who had been missing since the weekend was found about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, up to her neck in mud, deep in a tangle of mangroves behind a shopping center. Firefighters rescued Kathleen Shino, who was taken to a nearby medical facility where she was listed in stable condition, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Shino's family reported her missing Sunday. She had left home without her vehicle, keys, cell phone or the crutches she normally uses. Friends and family circulated fliers, and authorities searched for her. Tuesday afternoon, someone called 911 to report a faint cry for help coming from the mangroves along a lake near Koala and Brightwell drives, about three-quarters of a mile from Shino's home. Rescuers found her behind the shopping center at 1132 U.S. 19.


Bonfires, trash burning banned

Bonfires and burning yard debris are forbidden for the time being in Pasco County. Commissioners imposed a burn ban Tuesday, citing extreme drought conditions. The ban also prohibits residents from igniting fireworks, although commercial fireworks displays for the Fourth of July will be allowed with a county permit. "This is not the time to be playing around like that," said Pasco County fire Chief Anthony Lopinto. According to a map from the state Division of Forestry, there are 440 active wildfires in Florida, including 53 that cover more than 100 acres. Violators of Pasco's ban would face a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine or 60 days in jail. Lopinto said the ban would be lifted when consistent summer rains reduce Pasco's drought conditions and fire risk.


Local woman wins lottery bingo game

Brenda Smith has been playing the same numbers since the Lucky Lines lottery game launched last October. And this month she struck it big, winning the $400,000 top prize in the bingo-style game. "I still can't believe that I won. I haven't slept since finding out," said Smith, 56, of Zephyrhills, who bought the ticket June 7. She drove to Tallahassee last week to claim her payout. Smith plans to use her winnings to pay off her mortgage and other bills, the Florida Lottery said. The Best Drive Through at 5058 Gall Blvd., which sold the winning ticket, gets a $1,000 bonus.


2 out of 3 winners of Fantasy 5 local

Speaking of winning tickets . . . A Fantasy 5 ticket worth $75,000 was sold last week at the Sweetbay supermarket at 6400 Massachusetts Ave. Three tickets had the winning numbers — 6-13-18-25-36 — in Friday's drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The Sweetbay ticket and another sold at the Weeki Wachee Publix were Quick Picks, while someone hand-picked the winning numbers at a convenience store in Homestead. Each winner will get $75,197.

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