Four honks of the car horn made Patrice Davis look over from where she was parked at a stoplight on U.S. 301 Monday afternoon.
There was her neighbor, Justin Sims, with his whole family loaded into his white 1998 Buick Century across the intersection, waving to her.
"Where you going?" she called.
He put his hands up, teasing. "We'll get you next time," he told her....
HUDSON — On a Thursday afternoon last month while the kids were at school, Hunter and Bella slipped through the fence around their owner's yard.
The dogs went poking through the woods and into a neighborhood the next street over. At some point Feb. 27, deputies say, Hunter, the 2-year-old black Labrador crossed the property line at 14320 Thompson Ave.
One hundred and forty-five feet up the driveway, according to a Pasco sheriff's report, Hugh Matthew Schnacky stood on the other side of a gate, leveled a .22-caliber rifle at the dog and fired. A neighbor heard the gunshot and watched as Hunter wilted to the ground....
03/10/14 Public Safety
PORT RICHEY — When Peggy Gamble first noticed the hole in the ground just outside her front door Saturday, behind the hedges and directly below the condo's address numbers, it was still small. She wondered why someone or something would be digging there.
Gamble, 78, checked it again Sunday. This time the sun shone down into the abyss under the foundation. She realized it would be a problem. ...
03/08/14 Human Interest
Only one thing comes into your head as you stare up the track, waiting for your chance to jump in front of thousands and thousands of pounds of raging, snorting beef: your heartbeat.
It beats from your sternum up through your ears, your own war drum, drowning out thoughts of "why am I here?" or "what would my mother say if I died facedown in this grass under the crushing weight of 60 hooves?" You've probably already found a way to reconcile or ignore those, anyway....
03/07/14 Public Safety
PORT RICHEY — Before daybreak on a Saturday in late November, police reports say, a Pasco County detention deputy got into a scuffle with his estranged girlfriend.
Port Richey police officers would write in their reports that Taylor Wayne McFadden, 25, kept touching his girlfriend's pregnant belly after she told him to stop. That he snatched her cellphone and grabbed her right arm, scratching her, then dragged her from the bed. In response, the reports state, the woman bit him below his right knee....
NEW PORT RICHEY
Domenic Crisafulli ran up Oak Ridge Avenue still in his clothes from track practice. He carried his house keys in one hand; in the other was his phone, which had been constantly buzzing Monday afternoon with friends wanting to know why emergency vehicles were parked in front of his house.
The 17-year-old stopped at the end of the driveway to see the gaping hole in the front of the house, 6014 Oak Ridge Ave. Sitting roughly where the family's refrigerator had been that morning, the trunk of a Honda Accord jutted through the kitchen wall. ...
03/01/14 Human Interest
NEW PORT RICHEY — It was still dark when the bus and van rolled out of the church parking lot.
Sixty people, mostly giddy middle schoolers, rolled up Interstate 75 on their way to a winter youth camp in Covington, Ga. A stop for gas would separate the charter bus from the van. Brad Smith, the youth pastor at First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, watched over the students on the bus. They planned to meet again at the camp....
HUDSON — The reason for the fight is vague in Pasco sheriff's reports. They say only that Lashunda Ann Davis' husband questioned her about what he found inside the couple's truck Monday night, then she became violent.
Davis, 41, yelled at her husband, and he turned his back, a sheriff's report states. She slugged him in the ear then yanked him to the ground by his hair.
Then Davis, whose job is listed as a minister, looped her husband's own belt around his throat and dragged him into the kitchen, the report states. He got on his feet. She wielded a butcher knife, threatened his life, then sliced his right arm....
NEW PORT RICHEY — On a warm night in November, a man wearing a gray sweatshirt with the hood up and sunglasses knocked on the door at a Beacon Woods home.
Francis "Frankie" Soto invited the man inside. They went into a private room to talk. A few minutes later, two other people in the house came running out. Neighbors called deputies, who found Soto, 26, dead with a gunshot wound. ...
HOLIDAY — Lenny Linardos' first call to emergency dispatchers came at 10:38 a.m. His voice sounded stressed. He had just received a threatening call to his chiropractic clinic, Linardos told the operator. He knew who it was from.
A week after the shooting at West Coast Spine and Injury Center, 1817 U.S. 19, the Pasco Sheriff's Office released 911 tapes related to the shooting. No arrests have been made....
WESLEY CHAPEL — A Paul R. Smith Middle School instructional aide was arrested early Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence on State Road 56.
Kristi Faye Steuber, 41, was clocked going 69 mph in a 55 mph zone with a broken headlight, according to a Pasco Sheriff's report. The deputy noted smelling alcohol on her breath.
She said she was coming from a bar in St. Petersburg where she had "several drinks," according to the report. ...
HUDSON — Jessica Keith and Amber Lynn Jordan met their suspected killers in a Tampa Bay area motel, investigators say.
The women, both 24, invited Zachary Baker and Richard Morris to the hotel to sell the men crack cocaine on Dec. 16, said Pasco sheriff's Sgt. Charles Troy. They smoked $200 to $300 worth of the drug, then Baker and Morris fled without paying.
One of the women reported to authorities that the men robbed her of money, Troy said. She didn't mention the drugs. Detectives found and questioned Baker and Morris, who admitted they stole crack from the women. Keith and Jordan stopped cooperating with the investigation, and charges were never brought against the men....
NEW PORT RICHEY — A church van from First Baptist Church of New Port Richey full of people on their way to a youth camp in Georgia crashed in North Florida on Friday morning, killing two.
The van was headed north on Interstate 75 in Lake City when its left rear tire blew, sending the van to the east shoulder of the road, where it began flipping, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report....
HUDSON — Two women were arrested Wednesday after, deputies say, they stole more than $100,000 out of a 91-year-old man's bank account and went on an extravagant spending spree.
Since June, Jennifer Lynn DaSilva, 35, worked as the caregiver for her grandfather who has dementia, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. She talked him out of a 2006 Saturn and into adding her to his bank account. ...
NEW PORT RICHEY — The 13-year-old girl told deputies she had met the boy on Facebook.
Their conversation had started innocently enough — "a normal little teenage crush," detectives would later call it. Then the boy, 14, asked for nude photos. She obliged. Afterward, deputies say, he used the photos for leverage.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office called a news conference Wednesday to detail two arrests in recent child pornography cases....