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Alex Onishenko will be fire marshal for the East Manatee Fire Rescue District.

Tears and praise as New Port Richey fire chief prepares to depart

NEW PORT RICHEY — Fire Chief Alex Onishenko is leaving the only place where he's ever gone to work as a firefighter. The chief is retiring Saturday after 26 years with the New Port Richey Fire Department, and it's left him highly emotional. Tears are quick to well up as he ponders his career. He told the Tampa Bay  …


  1. Softball: Shannon Saile throws no-hitter as Land O'Lakes tops River Ridge 9-2


    LAND O'LAKES — One out from throwing a no-hitter, Land O'Lakes junior pitcher Shannon Saile had to retire River Ridge's Brooke Schwaner, who carried a .625 batting average into Monday night's game. Fortunately for Saile she was impervious to pressure.

  2. Police: Suspect escapes after armed robbery at Pasco restaurant

    Public Safety

    PORT RICHEY -- An unknown suspect robbed a food delivery man at Taste of Philly restaurant on U.S. 19 Tuesday evening, according to Port Richey police.

  3. Once at vanguard in aging, Florida now leader in racial diversity


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  4. Hot dog eating contest puts joy of victory, agony of defeat on display (w/ video)

    Human Interest


    By the barest of margins — a quarter of a hot dog, bun included — Nathan "Nasty Nate" Biller won the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifying event Sunday night at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

    Nathan Biller, center, finishes a hot dog during the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifying event at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City on Sunday. Biller ate 23 and was the male winner, narrowly beating Crazy Legs Conti, right.
  5. District wrestling: Jesuit repeats as champ


    TAMPA — Saturday's Class 2A, District 8 championship for Jesuit marked the fourth in a row for the program.

  6. District wrestling: Pasco wins third straight title


    BROOKSVILLE — Pasco wrestlers held up three fingers following Saturday's Class A, District 6 tournament, signifying the Pirates three-peat of district titles.

  7. Mother of cold case victim had prayed that attacker was dead

    Human Interest

    Dorothy Murray Fagan long believed the unidentified man who brutally raped and nearly bludgeoned her teenage daughter to death in Pasco County 23 years ago was dead.

    Jeffrey Norman Crum, 53, is charged with sexual battery and attempted murder.