NEW PORT RICHEY
By coming forward after she was attacked in 2006, authorities say one woman was able to help solve the rape of another woman that took place in 2004. The DNA from both attacks, authorities say, came from Anthony Richard Palazzolo. The 26-year-old Port Richey man agreed on Monday to be declared a sex offender and to spend 10 years in prison for both attacks. He was adjudicated guilty of sexual battery in the 2004 attack and felony battery and false imprisonment in the 2006 attack. Originally charged with sexual battery in both cases, Palazzolo was slated to go on trial for both this week. He faced seven to 25 years in prison. After his release, Palazzolo could still be declared a sexually violent prisoner under the Jimmy Ryce Act and be put in a treatment program against his will.
911 dispatcher is punished for errors
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. "She recognized the error that she made," DeSimone said, "and she's accepting responsibility." 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 the suspension. Officials have yet to announce a finding in their investigation of the boys' deaths.
Gulf Landings can skip boiling water
Lindrick Service Corp. lifted a boil water notice Wednesday for residents in Gulf Landings. Tests now show the water is safe to drink, the utility reported.
Arsonist pleads to reduced charges
A woman accused of trying to kill her estranged husband by setting his Land O'Lakes apartment on fire pleaded to reduced charges Wednesday. Tammy Parrish Wade, 37, of Zephyrhills will serve two years in prison followed by two years probation. Investigators said she told Michael Wade, "I'll burn your house down," two hours before the duplex at 5502 Land O'Lakes Blvd. was surrounded in flames in April 2006. Michael Wade wasn't home, but a family of five in the second apartment nearly died in the blaze.