Sheriff's Office looking to hire 24 deputies
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is hiring. The agency is using federal stimulus money to hire 24 new deputies and is urging those interested to apply. Starting pay for a deputy is $39,382, though that can be higher depending on the person's experience, says to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. For information, go to www.pascosheriff.com and click on the "employment" link or call toll-free 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7791.
30-year-old charged with wine theft at CVS
Authorities say 30-year-old John C. Mark went into a CVS and stuffed "several bottles" of wine down his pants Monday afternoon and then, when that theft worked, went back for more. But on his second try, a supervisor at the store on 11938 U.S. 19 stopped Mark and told him to pay for the wine in his pants, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Mark, who is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 350 pounds, said no and told the manager to go ahead and call the Sheriff's Office and he left, the report states. Mark was found in a nearby wooded area, drinking the stolen wine, authorities say. Mark, whose address was listed as "at large," is charged with two counts of retail theft. He was arrested and released from the Land O'Lakes Jail that same day.
Home health worker accused of check theft
A home health care worker is accused of stealing checks from her 91-year-old patient, forging the woman's signature and cashing them for $485. Stacy Loh, 43, of New Port Richey, was arrested Monday and is charged with forgery, uttering a forged instrument and grand theft from a person older than 65. She remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes Jail with bail set at $15,000. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said Loh stole the checks from the victim's Port Richey bedroom in September. The report said Loh worked for Affinity Health Services at the time of the thefts but was fired in September.