A Pasco County deputy headed to work on Friday accidentally shot himself in the hand with his .40- caliber Glock, according to the Sheriff's Office. Kevin Ware, 39, was putting the gun into his holster at his home near Maxwell Lane and Embassy Boulevard when he shot himself about 5:30 p.m. Ware, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for eight years, was taken to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, the Sheriff's Office said. The bullet went through Ware's hand and didn't hit bone, sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said. Tobin said the Sheriff's Office will investigate whether there are problems with the gun.
Shelter, clinic may cost $1-million less
Pasco County's hurricane shelter and health clinic in Hudson could end up costing over $1-million less, county officials told a health care board Friday. Protecting the building at Arthur Engle Park from hurricanes originally was estimated to cost up to $2.3-million in federal funds, but will actually cost $1.1-million, according to estimates. Even with extra spending, the cost to build went from $8.5-million to $7.5-million. The Legislature provided money in 2006 for the shelter and this year for the clinic for uninsured residents, proposed by the county's Primary Care Access Network board. The 36,000-square-foot structure should open by July 2009.