NEW PORT RICHEY
A 17-year-old boater from Gulf Harbors returned home Sunday night, several hours after his family had reported him missing. The teen, who was not identified, left Saturday afternoon for Anclote Key. When he did not return as planned the next day, his father reported him missing at 5:18 p.m. Sunday. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for him, with no luck - until the teen came home about 9 p.m.
Ubele vows to try to cut gas taxes
John Ubele, a non-party candidate for House District 46, sent out automated calls over the weekend promising voters he would try to cut gasoline taxes to save them money. That would not be an easy task: Gov. Charlie Crist and state Sen. Mike Fasano earlier this year tried to cut the state gas tax by 10 cents for just two weeks this summer. Fasano wanted to dip into the state's general fund to make up for the $50-million loss. The plan went nowhere. On Monday, Ubele, a 30-year-old leader in a white separatist group, would not say how exactly his plan would work. He said the mass media have demonized his role trying to organize white people, so he is uncomfortable explaining his political positions. Ubele spent $1,500 on the automated calls, according to expenditure reports.
Man found dead near bar identified
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released the identity of a man found dead Sunday evening near Cooper's Place, a bar in Carver Heights at 13500 Center St. Authorities said Bernaldo C. Vasquez, 23, was murdered, although they did not release any other details about the crime. According to state records, Vasquez had been arrested almost a dozen times in Florida. Charges includeddrug possession and firing a weapon into a vehicle. His death marks the second killing near Cooper's Place in just over a year: Sean Spaights, 24, was gunned down outside the bar in August 2007.
The man killed in a home invasion and shooting in Shady Hills last week was Corey Evans. Because of incorrect information provided by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, his first name was misspelled in an article Friday.