NEW PORT RICHEY
Samuel David Carter, 28, of New Port Richey, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he kidnapped a man at gunpoint over a drug debt. According to authorities, Carter took the man in October 2005 from his truck at a 7-Eleven on U.S. 19 by pointing a gun at his face. He took the man to a house to try to settle the debt. Carter has been in and out of jail and prison for most of the last dozen years, serving time for burglary, grand theft, trafficking in stolen property and selling cocaine. He pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of kidnapping, carjacking, false imprisonment, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and providing a false name.
'Drive' author will sign her books
Janine Caffrey, founder and head of Renaissance Academy, will sign copies of her new book, Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Kids to Achieve, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Books-A-Million, 9570 U.S. 19. The book was published in July by Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books. Caffrey, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, provides advice to parents and anyone who works with the "millennial" generation. She argues that these young people, born after 1981, share some traits and need significant assistance in order to be successful in the new, challenging economic reality. For information, visit driveinstitute.com.