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COUPLE ARRESTED ON KENTUCKY MURDER CHARGES

DADE CITY

Two fugitives wanted on murder charges in Kentucky were arrested Monday afternoon in Pasco County. James Conn, 50, and his wife, Katherine, 38, are accused of shooting 28-year-old Timothy Riggs, according to the Kentucky State Police. The slaying occurred in October 2007, police said. James Conn was arrested in Dade City, his wife in Zephyrhills. Pasco deputies say the couple lived in Dade City.

HOLIDAY

Man dies before wish is fulfilled

Nolan Johnston knew he was dying of lung cancer when he made this wish last month: to get tickets to WrestleMania, the so-called Super Bowl of wrestling events being held in Orlando on March 30. His wish was granted after World Wrestling Entertainment officials read a Pasco Times story about Johnston and his best friend, fellow wrestling fan Bill Noto, who had been caring for Johnston at his home. He and Noto were thrilled when the tickets arrived. But Johnston, 46, died Saturday (Feb. 16, 2008). Before he died, he donated his ticket to Gulfside Regional Hospice, Noto said Tuesday. "He said, 'I don't think I'm going to make it,'" recalled Noto, who said Johnston took a turn for the worse early last week. "I wasn't going to go (to WrestleMania), but he told me to go. He said, 'You're going for me.'"

Countywide

Commission votes to refinance debt

Commissioners voted Tuesday to refinance $66-million worth of bonds to get a lower rate on debt service for the county's waste-to-energy incinerator in Shady Hills. They also agreed to float $18-million in new funds for a handful of capital projects, including $8.5-million for the construction of a new ash cell at the incinerator's landfill. Other projects include refurbishing the county's transfer station on Handcart Road in east Pasco and repairs to a methane gas collection system at the county's Ridge Road landfill.

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