Sunday, June 17, 2018
News Roundup

Pasco's week in words for May 5

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

"To stand on the number one podium, draped in the American Flag, while they played our national anthem was unbelievable for me, it was very emotional for me. Sometimes you wait a lifetime for a moment like this."

Pasco Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Ferrantelli, who captured the gold in his weight class at the 2013 Masters Bench Press World Championship, held April 18-21 in the Czech Republic. Ferrantelli bench pressed 578.8 pounds.

"There. It's done."

David Lee Thompson, who is accused of beating four pit bull puppies to death because his friend, Martin Smith, couldn't afford to keep them.

"This sends a lot of positive feelings to people who witnessed three failed sports complexes."

Wiregrass Ranch property manager J.D. Porter, on Pasco commissioners finalizing a deal to accept 138 acres from the Porter family for a multifield park aimed at luring youth sports tournaments.

"Posting something publicly for only a few days, nobody is going to interpret that as a thorough search for a replacement."

Joe Follick, Florida Department of Education spokesman, on the Pasco school district's initial effort to find a new principal and assistant principal at failing Lacoochee Elementary School. Both postings drew the current office holders.

"We wouldn't have let her drive home."

New Port Richey police Officer Donald Velsor on Hernando High bus driver Donna Rogers, who was found unfit to drive the softball team back from a game at Gulf High. School officials smelled marijuana on the bus, which Rogers blamed on a student.

"I've been trying to get them to take it down for years."

Dade City building official Mike Poke on the 1920s city hall building, as crews began demolition work on Wednesday.

"The smell was awful, it was just overwhelming. It's a day I'll never forget."

Christine Penney, whose Dade City home was inundated with raw sewage last summer during the flooding from Tropical Storm Debby. Dade City officials agreed last week to give her $14,000 for the needed repairs.

"This has to be done, not only here but all over the place. It's a shame that it takes something like (Gray's case) to happen for this outcome."

Robin Allweiss, attorney for the family of Zachary Gray, who tried to kill himself in May 2011 after being bullied by fellow students at Zephyrhills High. His case prompted tougher anti-bullying policies going to the School Board on Tuesday.

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