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WATER LINE REPAIRS TO CLOSE PART OF SLIGH

TAMPA

Drivers should avoid part of E Sligh Avenue today through Thursday as workers seek to repair a water line between N 22nd and N 24th streets.

The section of Sligh will be closed to traffic in both directions throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m. Tampa Water Department asks drivers to find alternate routes.

CLEARWATER

City will dig deeper to pay lawsuit bills

Clearwater's most expensive lawsuit ever is about to get even costlier.

Local leaders agreed Monday to set aside another $100,000 to cover the city's legal expenses in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a 25-year-old man fatally shot by a police officer nearly 16 years ago.

The city so far has spent $409,755.76 defending itself.

The additional $100,000 will pay for attorneys' costs incurred in a state trial the city won last week, as well as a federal lawsuit that the family is expected to file against the city soon.

The city is represented by the law firm of Thompson, Goodis, Thompson, Groseclose & Richardson.

The case stems from the August 1991 fatal shooting of John Paul Crouch by then-police Officer Robert Milliron.

The family first sued the city in state court, contending the Police Department didn't properly train Milliron and that he should have been fired long before their son's fatal encounter with him.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Pasco officials to seek more from school fee

As they confront ways to cope with Pasco's growth, school district officials are proposing "a very significant increase" to school impact fees.

The proposal could add "several thousands more" to the current rate of $4,356 per new home, said assistant superintendent Ray Gadd.

The district's consultants are still working on the numbers, but the proposed hike could end up hogging the limelight at a joint workshop Monday in New Port Richey.

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