Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

A recap of the week's news

Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"She just came out of nowhere. She's underneath my truck, dad! She's underneath my truck!"

Justin Foster, 17, recalling his phone call to his father after witnessing an SUV strike a girl as she crossed Chicago Avenue in Hudson. Ocean-Leigh McKenzie Marshall, 16, had just left Fivay High when she was hit and sustained serious injuries.

"Just like every good book has a title, this story has a title, and the title is 'I almost got away with it.' "

Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis during opening arguments in the murder trial of William Hurst, 61. A jury later convicted Hurst of killing his wife, Amy Rose, nearly 30 years ago and dumping her body in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's an arcane practice. I supervise employees on a day to day basis . . . and I can't accept a resignation."

Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning during a workshop examining a policy change that would shift that responsibility to his office from the School Board.

"I think it's a shame we have to institute something like this. But we do."

Schools athletic director Phil Bell during a discussion of a policy that could restrict athletic participation of students who switch schools.

"He was a remarkable individual. I look at Barry Glover as the father of criminal justice at Saint Leo (University)."

Dr. Robert Diemer, director of the university's criminal justice graduate program, after Mr. Glover died last week.

"It stinks, quite frankly.'

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe offering his opinion of the city's development code.

"We've been talking about doing all of these things for a year, so I think this gives us a chance to get moving on them."

New Port Richey City Council member Bill Phillips after listing priorities for spending almost $1 million previously restricted to utilities.

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High school scoreboard for Jan. 18

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls basketballNortheast 64, Largo 24Boys soccerIndian Rocks Chr. 3, Berkeley Prep 2Palm Harbor U. 7, Tarpon Springs 0Girls soccerCountryside 5, Pinellas Park 0Palm Harbor U. 5, Tarpon Springs 1...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Lightning falls to Golden Knights

Lightning falls to Golden Knights

TAMPA — Replacing Victor Hedman for the next month or more will be tough enough for the Lightning. But the fact of the matter is Tampa Bay had recently been leaky defensively with Hedman before his injury Jan. 11 against the Flames, a 5-1 loss. The L...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Day after-party raises ire

Police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Day after-party raises ire

ST. PETERSBURG — One after another, speakers stepped to the lectern at City Hall on Thursday and described the same image: police cruisers on every corner in Midtown, uniformed officers lined up across the roadway, souring what should have been a joy...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay record lows burst pipes, threaten berry and fish farms

Tampa Bay record lows burst pipes, threaten berry and fish farms

In winters past, when they ran the irrigation system at Parkesdale Farms to preserve the berry crop in a protective shell of ice, the icicles measured inches.But on Wednesday night, one of the coldest nights in years, the icicles hung more than a foo...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.Members of the business community, elected officials and executives with Metro Development Group and Crystal L...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Booty and books on Blackbeard’s ship; critics warn new Trump offic would allow doctors to discriminate; more in U.S. news

Booty and books on Blackbeard’s ship; critics warn new Trump offic would allow doctors to discriminate; more in U.S. news

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Updated: 5 hours ago

Consumer agency to spend rainy day funds

NEW YORK — The Trump-appointed acting director of the federal government’s consumer watchdog agency requested zero dollars of funding for its second-quarter budget, saying he intends to first spend down the agency’s rainy day fund. In a letter to the...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

A Tampa man convicted of DUI manslaughter for drunkenly running down a tourist and released on bail while his case winds through the appeals process was arrested Tuesday.Brock Troutman, 34, violated the conditions of his release from jail by consumin...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

TAMPA — The bearded man with shackled hands sat weeping as he listened to witness after witness — his mother, aunt and sister among them — recount his childhood of poverty, abuse, and depression.Kyle Moran leaned forward occasionally, stretching to w...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

PORT RICHEY — Loretta Santini was one of a small group of customers boarding a Tropical Breeze Casino shuttle Thursday afternoon as the company sailed for the first day since another of its shuttle boats burned to the water Sunday, killing one woman....
Updated: 6 hours ago