Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Justin Trombly, Times staff writer

Justin Trombly is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.



Brandi Corrigan, 40, was originally arrested on Aug. 25 for arson charges. Now she faces an additional charge of animal cruelty after deputies say she doused two kenneled dogs with gas while setting her home on fire, leaving them severely burned. Courtesy Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Deputies: Lutz woman covered kennelled dogs with gasoline during arson

LUTZ — A 40-year-old woman arrested in connection with arson charges last month now faces an additional charge of animal cruelty after deputies say she doused two kenneled dogs with gasoline while setting her home on fire, leaving them severely...
Published: 09/17/18
Gary George Elder faces charges of sexual battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, deputies said. Courtesy Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Deputies: Zephyrhills man gave meth to 17-year-old girl, forced her into sex

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 46-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Saturday after deputies said he gave a 17-year-old girl methamphetamine and then forced her to have sex with him.Gary George Elder faces charges of sexual battery and contributing to the...
Published: 09/17/18
Hours before husband shot wife and himself, Pasco deputies determined no danger

Hours before husband shot wife and himself, Pasco deputies determined no danger

LAND O’LAKES — Pasco County deputies visited the home of Glenn and Michele Meyer on Monday morning after receiving a report that someone was having a "mental health crisis" but decided no one was in danger.They noted that there was a handgun in...
Published: 09/14/18
Courtesy of Dalton Wilcox 
Aaron Barnhouse was often seen riding his orange KTM 520 dirt bike and sporting an Elmo cover on his helmet.

Epilogue: Aaron Barnhouse, an eccentric motorhead who created community

TRINITY — The day he died, Aaron Barnhouse looked characteristically goofy.It was Sunday, about noon, and the 19-year-old was cruising west down State Road 54 on his orange KTM 520, a dirt bike with racing wheels he had long sought and finally...
Published: 09/11/18
Updated: 09/15/18
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Deputies: Land O’Lakes man shoots wife, then kills himself

LAND O’LAKES — A 75-year-old man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide Monday night in Lake Padgett Mobile Home Village, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The shooting was reported at 10:07...
Published: 09/11/18
Gloria Dean Smith, 31, faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. [PCSO]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office: Holiday woman arrested after dog attacks passerby, deputy

HOLIDAY — A 31-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said she unleashed her St. Bernard on one person and then on a responding deputy, who shot the dog.Gloria Dean Smith faces a charge of aggravated...
Published: 09/10/18
From left to right: Student Chase Owens, 20, and David Stratchko, co-founder of the drone retailer FlyMotion, prep an unmanned aerial vehicle for takeoff on Monday afternoon at Pasco-Hernando State College's Dade City campus. [JUSTIN TROMBLY | Times]

First in the state: Drone-pilot degree program takes flight at Pasco-Hernando State College

DADE CITY — The devices zipping and whirring over the Pasco-Hernando State College campus Monday might have looked like toys from afar.The students and instructors piloting the unmanned aircraft from the ground, however, considered them...
Published: 09/10/18
Pasco County Deputy Taylor Grant, 24, speaks to reporters Friday after helping rescue a drowning man in Holiday on Thursday. [JUSTIN TROMBLY | Times]

Pasco deputy who rescued drowning man: ‘Adrenaline kicked in’

HOLIDAY — As soon as he heard the call for a drowning, Deputy Taylor Grant stopped listening to the details. All the 24-year-old Pasco County sheriff’s deputy wanted to know was where, when and how to get there.He found out soon enough.
Published: 09/07/18
Willie Malik Jackson, 26, of New Port Richey was arrested after deputies said he sexually battered a 16-year-old girl at a center for troubled teens where he works. [Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

Deputies: Youth center worker sexually battered teen under his supervision

LAND O’ LAKES — A 26-year-old employee at a facility for troubled teens was arrested Wednesday after deputies said he sexually battered a 16-year-old detainee.Willie Malik Jackson of New Port Richey faces a charge of sexual battery of someone...
Published: 09/06/18
Wendell Speer, 62, of Dade City stands in the Withlacoochee River last week. He wrote a poem about the river that has been posted by its banks. [JUSTIN TROMBLY | Times]

Dade City man shares his love of the Withlacoochee River, one stanza at a time

DADE CITY — Each week, the Withlacoochee River comes calling for Wendell Speer.He drives down to the Pasco County park that bears the river’s name and walks along its banks. He reflects on his days swimming there as a boy, his nights partying...
Published: 09/05/18
Updated: 09/06/18