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FOR LACK OF GREEN YARD, MAN, 66, GOES TO JAIL

Published Oct. 11, 2008|Updated Oct. 11, 2008

BAYONET POINT

A 66-year-old Bayonet Point man reported to the Pasco County Jail on Friday for disobeying a judge's order to sod his lawn.

Joseph Prudente must stay in the Land O'Lakes jail until the required sod work is completed, under a September court order signed by Circuit Judge W. Lowell Bray.

Earlier this year, the Beacon Woods Civic Association took Prudente to court after he failed to install new grass on his browning lawn. The association had already sent letters telling him to resod his front and back yards by certain dates.

Prudente said he thought he had made a good financial hardship case: His adjustable rate home mortgage went up an extra $600 a month. Wachovia has repossessed his Toyota Scion.

PORT RICHEY

Drug suspects' move troubles authorities

Pasco sheriff's detectives raided two houses in Holiday and Port Richey early Friday, seized drugs and made several arrests.

Some of the suspects came from Sanford, in Seminole County, and reflect a troubling trend to narcotics investigators.

"The way (the suspects) said it was they came to Pasco to make a better life for themselves," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll. "The way my vice detectives interpreted that is ... they have moved here to allegedly sell drugs."

Sheriff's officials have arrested about 15 people from Sanford since August accused of dealing drugs in west Pasco, Doll said. Some of them are believed to have gang ties.

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