Friday, April 27, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco's week in words for April 28

"I think there's kind of an elitist attitude about this. I guess poor people can't own dogs."

Public defender Willie Pura, whose client Tammy Brown was convicted of animal cruelty. She failed to get medical care for her dog Harley, who had tumors, heartworms and an ear infection, because she said she couldn't afford a trip to the vet.

"He had an ear infection so severe and so painful it took years to develop. Harley was in pain and suffering for years."

Circuit Judge William Webb, who sentenced Brown to six months of house arrest, three years of probation and 300 hours of community service.

"It's hard to say what my real feelings are because I am in such disbelief and shock. Our prayers are with the entire family. He always will be someone who will be remembered.

State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, after legendary Land O'Lakes High football coach John Benedetto, inset, died suddenly at age 66. Weatherford played linebacker for Benedetto, who coached at the school for 32 years and won 196 games, more than any other coach in Pasco County history.

"I want it to be legal so I can help other patients who need it. I'll grow it for them, and I'll give it to them."

Alfred Robinson, 57, a self-described "medical marijuana missionary,'' during a court hearing for his most recent arrest. His record of marijuana arrests dates back to 1979. He says he uses the drug to alleviate severe back pain.

"He would come in here with that great presence and that deep voice. We'd say, 'Father Joe is here, we'd better pay attention.' "

State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, reflecting on Joe Mannion, Pasco County's first full-time lobbyist and longtime television newsman. Mannion, who had originally set out to be a priest, died of cancer at age 78.

"If my teachers have to do it, I am the instructional leader. I understand I have to do it as well. I don't want to let this job go. I love it."

Shirley Ray, principal at Lacoochee Elementary, after learning that all the faculty will be dismissed in June as part of a state-imposed overhaul. The unusual move came after the school received a D rating for the third straight year. Educators will be allowed to reapply for their jobs.

"I bent down to pick up my tee and I heard the guys shouting for it to go in the cup. I looked up just in time to see it go in the hole.''

Rob Wenning describing one of two holes-in-one he scored in the same round at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. The odds: 67 million to 1.

"Yeah, it's dangerous, and you know it's dangerous, but that's part of the thrill."

Rob Dickens, organizer of the Great Bull Run, an event coming to Dade City next year inspired by the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

"Teresa Lodge lived long enough in the defendant's grasp after the blows to the head to realize she was being murdered."

Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa, who sentenced Derral Wayne Hodgkins to death for the 2006 choking and stabbing a Land O'Lakes woman.

"My client shows up for work every day and does her job. Her communications skills are not lacking. The problem this year is that she works for a verbally abusive homophobe who is predictably receiving low marks in community surveys."

Lawyer James Lowy in a letter alleging Sunlake High principal Garry Walthall made antigay and abusive comments to and about assistant principal Deborah Lepley. The school district is investigating.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: James Lowy is the attorney representing Sunlake High assistant principal Deborah Lepley. His name was misspelled in the original version of this article.

Comments
Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

PLANT CITY — Plant City softball coach Ashley Bullion is 4-for-4 after Thursday night.Four years at the helm, four district titles.The latest championship came in a 4-1 victory over East Bay in the Class 8A, District 6 final, a victory highligh...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Softball: Recent momentum carries Mitchell past Sunlake

LAND O' LAKES — Despite being on the wrong end of two lopsided outcomes to Sunlake during the regular season, recent events gave Mitchell hope in its Class 7A-10 district final rematch with the Seahawks.Just two days prior, the Mustangs be...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Softball: Robinson makes it 10 straight wins vs. Jefferson

TAMPA — For the Robinson softball team, the perfect 10 was complete.The top-seeded Knights defeated No. 2 Jefferson for the 10th consecutive time Thursday and claimed their fifth district championship in a row, a 12-2 five-inning victory in the...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Softball: Itís April, so Chamberlain is winning

TAMPA — Coach Bob Diez and his Chamberlain Chiefs have always believed in this motto: "Be good in April."This is their season.The Chiefs added another Class 7A-8 district title Thursday against Gaither with a 7-0 victory.With the win, the ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Softball: East Lake is aggressive from the start

TARPON SPRINGS — If strong pitching and defense are the bellwethers of a deep playoff run, consider East Lake ready.Playing second seed Pinellas Park on Thursday night for the Class 8A-7 title, the host Eagles (22-3) used that philosophy to mak...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

TAMPA — The selection of Vita Vea is a move the Bucs made for the present and the future. While Gerald McCoy remains a dominant defensive tackle, he turned 30 in February and is due to make $12.3 million this season and $13 million in...
Updated: 2 hours ago
NFL draft: Chargers take FSUís Derwin James with No. 17 pick

NFL draft: Chargers take FSUís Derwin James with No. 17 pick

Former Florida State safety Derwin James fell farther than expected Thursday in the first night of the NFL draft before being chosen by the Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick.James became the fifth former Seminoles defensive back ever drafted in t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in th...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

TAMPA — Vita Vea loves to tell the story about the trip he took to French Polynesia with some University of Washington students and the group coming upon some enormous rocks."So over there, their strongman competition is they have a tradition w...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

TAMPA — Another busy offseason. Another first round of the NFL draft. Another interesting night.And, through it all, Bucs general manager Jason Licht has looked pretty darn good.He spent the past couple of months patching his offensive line, sp...
Updated: 3 hours ago