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Maj. Chris Nocco files application to replace Sheriff White

NEW PORT RICHEY

Nocco files application to replace White

Maj. Chris Nocco, who oversees the law enforcement operations of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, has thrown his hat in the ring for the top cop job. Nocco said he has filed his application with the governor's office for the sheriff vacancy that will be created when Bob White retires April 30. "It's a terrific organization," Nocco said Thursday. "Sheriff White has laid a great foundation for us, and I hope to build upon it and excel." Nocco, 35, joined the Sheriff's Office in 2009 and was promoted earlier this month to a top command position. His previous jobs include chief of staff at the Florida Highway Patrol and aide to then-House of Representatives Speaker (now U.S. senator) Marco Rubio. Other applicants for the sheriff's job include Maj. Brian Head, 46, who directs operations at the county jail, and Roger Joseph Fortney, 58, who served as a corporal in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office from 1989 to 2009.

DADE CITY

Construction starts on intersection

Crews are beginning preliminary work on the intersection improvements at State Road 52 and Prospect Road. The improvements will include turn lanes in all directions, additional drainage and signs. Workers are surveying now to relocate utility lines. The project is slated for completion in December.

PORT RICHEY

Free pancake breakfast April 2

The Volunteer Way, IHOP restaurants and Knights of Columbus will hold their next free pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. April 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5850 K of C Drive (behind the Honda dealer on U.S. 19 and Ridge Road). The event is open to anyone in need, as well as the people who would like to help them. Donations are welcome but not required. Any proceeds will go toward buying food for the Volunteer Way food bank. For information, call (727) 815-0433 or visit thevolunteerway.org.

WESLEY CHAPEL

CARES cancels April 9 benefit

CARES announced Thursday that it has canceled its annual benefit scheduled for April 9 due to "the many private and community events planned for this same weekend." The organization expressed its appreciation to the Pasco pioneer families of the Conners, the Schraders and the Porters for their efforts to preserve the community and support CARES, and said it would work with those families in planning the 2012 benefit.

Maj. Chris Nocco files application to replace Sheriff White 03/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:50pm]
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