Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco County teacher suspended after marijuana arrest

A Pasco County teacher has been suspended after he was charged with possessing marijuana.

John Herig, 42, teaches mechanics at Marchman Technical Education Center, a career school in New Port Richey that accepts high school and adult students. He told Pasco sheriff's deputies that he works as a mechanic.

According to a report, Herig was pulled over around 7 p.m. June 17 for driving at 65 mph in a 40 mph zone on Little Road. A deputy smelled marijuana when Herig rolled down his window, and when the deputy asked if Herig had any in the car, Herig said he did in the front left pocket of his shorts.

Herig then pulled out a bag containing 29.5 grams of marijuana and gave it to the deputy.

He was arrested and released from jail that night on $5,000 bail.

Herig has been suspended without pay, said Pasco County School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. If convicted, he will most likely be fired.

Pasco County teacher suspended after marijuana arrest 07/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 8:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pinellas sees spike in infant deaths from unsafe sleeping, and advocates are concerned


    The reports from the Department of Children and Families are tragic: A Pinellas County mother falls asleep on a recliner during an early morning feeding and wakes to find one of her 3-month-old twins unresponsive. Another finds her 6-month-old daughter lying still, a blanket over her head. Another infant is found wedged …

    Advocates are looking to step up their public information efforts this year after reports show a spike in sleep-related infant deaths in Pinellas County. []
  2. Kellyanne Conway warns of health care spin, but then delivers her own in Miami


    On the same day that Senate Republicans were forced to delay a vote on their healthcare legislation because not enough of them wanted to vote for it, White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway defended the bill in Miami.

    White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway is welcomed by state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-District 105, at the Miami-Dade GOP’s Lincoln Day fundraiser on Tuesday night.
  3. Sign up for our new daily News at Noon email newsletter


    The Tampa Bay Times will soon launch a daily newsletter called News at Noon. You can make sure to be among the first to receive it by signing up now.

  4. New poll shows tight St. Pete mayor's race


    A new poll shows a tight race between former mayor Rick Baker and Mayor Rick Kriseman, currently engaged in the most expensive mayoral race in St. Petersburg history. 

    Former Mayor Rick Baker answers a question during the mayoral candidate forum at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday. Mayor Rick Kriseman is in the foreground.
  5. Review: Mark Bowden's 'Hue 1968' a gripping, and timely, history


    More than 40 years after it ended, America's war in Vietnam is still contentious, still misunderstood, and fast slipping into the fog of history.

     On Feb. 15, 1968, U.S. Marines carry out an assault on Dong Ba Tower in Hue, South Vietnam. In the battle for the tower, six men died and 50 were wounded.