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PASCO 911 DISPATCHER SUSPENDED OVER CALL

NEW PORT RICHEY

A Pasco County 911 dispatcher will be suspended for mishandling a July 9 call from a mother whose boys died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ilona J. Smith will serve a 12-hour suspension without pay for negligence and insubordination, county personnel director Barbara DeSimone decided after a hearing Wednesday.

Barbara Baudin called 911 after finding her sons Jules, 14, and Parker, 12, "cold as ice." The family minivan had been left running in the garage.

Authorities said Smith, a lead communications officer, focused too much on treating the boys for being unconscious instead of addressing whether they were having difficulty breathing. Smith has 10 days to appeal.

SAFETY HARBOR

Neighbors lead defeat of kennel expansion

Several residents of the swanky Signature Estates helped persuade the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday to defeat plans to expand a dog kennel in Safety Harbor.

In a 6-1 vote, elected officials decided they would not permit Sheldegren Pet Resort's owners to build 30 additional enclosed dog runs because the racket would bother the neighbors.

Mary Ann Engelmann, who owns the kennel with her husband, Jes Engelmann, said that the noise concerns were unfounded.

Most of the people who spoke against the project live next door to the pet resort in the upscale Signature Estates community, which comprises more than a dozen million-dollar-plus homes.

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