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School buses damaged

Three Pasco County school buses were damaged Monday when a driver tried to steer her bus between two others and got wedged in. No one was injured in the mishap in front of Bayonet Point Middle School. But the incident caused about $9,000 worth of damage. The bus driver, Margaret Wright Anderson, was charged with careless driving, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Danny Bowers said. Bowers said the driver told him that the accelerator stuck. Three students were on one bus when the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m., just after school let out. Several other students were late getting home because they had to wait for other buses.Clerk is charged in scam

DADE CITY _ A convenience store clerk was arrested Friday and charged with 10 counts of forgery in connection with a credit card scam. Regina Mae Jones, 28, of 3532 Owensboro Road in Dade City was accused of obtaining credit card numbers from original card receipts, punching the numbers into the store's credit card machine and printing out a second receipt. Pasco County sheriff's officials said she then would forge the card owner's signature on the second receipt by looking at the signature on the original receipt and take the cash from the cash register. She was accused of carrying out the scam 10 times at the Majik Market, 3106 U.S. 301, Dade City, without the card owners' knowledge. She was being held Monday in the West Pasco Detention Center in New Port Richey in lieu of $7,500 bail.


Ed Collins, a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Pasco County Commission, has said the County Commission should have negotiated a settlement with Sheriff Jim Gillum regarding the sheriff's proposed budget. Collins has said he does not know what an appropriate settlement would have been because "I didn't have enough detail to analyze what he was asking for." A story in Monday's Pasco Times described his position differently.