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Parents' challenges to Pasco school rezoning decisions to be heard next week

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Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Susan Barthle sits in the theater seat, No. 9, that Curtis Reeves sat in the day he shot and killed Chad Oulson in 2014 at the Cobb Grove 16 theaters in Wesley Chapel. Barthle viewed various movie previews under the same lighting conditions when the shooting took place. The photograph was taken before the previews began in brighter theater lighting conditions. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]


Judge, attorneys visit Pasco theater where man was killed in cellphone dispute

WESLEY CHAPEL One day three years ago, retired Tampa police Capt. Curtis Reeves sat in seat No. 9 of theater No. 10 of the Cobb Grove 16 cinemas. As previews rolled, he fired a gun during an escalating confrontation over a cellphone. On Friday, a circuit judge sat in seat No. 9, and for her benefit, the same previe …

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  1. Romano: From the shadow of pill mills, a new drug crisis emerges in Tampa Bay

    Public Safety

    Their lives were surely greater than a medical examiner's final summation. Perhaps a world of hopes and memories were tucked safely away in every one of their hearts.

    We are six years past the peak of the pill mill epidemic (and this photo from 2007 shows a victim of that crisis), and Pinellas County is going through another killer drug crisis. The statistics are still preliminary but the number of fatal overdoses in Pinellas jumped at least 53 percent from 2015 to 2016. DIRK SHADD | Times
  2. Judge, attorneys visit Pasco theater where man was killed in cellphone dispute

    Criminal

    WESLEY CHAPEL

    One day three years ago, retired Tampa police Capt. Curtis Reeves sat in seat No. 9 of theater No. 10 of the Cobb Grove 16 cinemas. As previews rolled, he fired a gun during an escalating confrontation over a cellphone.

    Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Susan Barthle sits in the theater seat, No. 9, that Curtis Reeves sat in the day he shot and killed Chad Oulson in 2014 at the Cobb Grove 16 theaters in Wesley Chapel. Barthle viewed various movie previews under the same lighting conditions when the shooting took place. The photograph was taken before the previews began in brighter theater lighting conditions. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  3. Widow of man shot in Pasco theater says ex-cop was 'rude,' 'angry' and 'demanding' before he fired

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — Nicole Oulson, widow of the man who was killed in a Wesley Chapel movie theater, testified Thursday that Curtis Reeves was "rude," "angry" and "demanding" before he shot her husband.

    Nicole Oulson, widow of Chad Oulson, testifies under questioning from Curtis Reeves' legal team during court proceedings at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City Thursday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Parents' challenges to Pasco school rezoning decisions to be heard next week

    K12

    When it comes to rezoning her Country Walk neighborhood to different schools, Larondar Stone doesn't worry too much about her freshman daughter, Niah.

    The Pasco County School Board heard from members of the public before redrawing school boundaries in January. [Photo by Jeffrey S. Solochek]
  5. New Port Richey moves to strengthen noise ordinance

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A new noise ordinance passed in November did not please residents, so the City Council is revisiting it to give it more teeth.

    Because decibel readers don’t adequately pick up bass sounds, the New Port Richey City Council has taken other measures to strengthen the city’s noise ordinance.
  6. Award-winning 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' set to open at Richey Suncoast

    Stage

    NEW PORT RICHEY — You would think a Broadway musical comedy featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin and set in the 1920s Prohibition era is an oldie but goodie.

    Think again.

  7. Wife of ex-cop says man he shot in Pasco theater was acting aggressively

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — Vivian Reeves, who sat beside her husband as he shot a man dead in a movie theater in 2014, testified in court Wednesday that the man had acted aggressively toward her husband and had cursed at him before gunfire erupted.

    Vivian Reeves testifies Wednesday, describing the escalating dispute. She also was questioned about her husband’s gun.