NEW PORT RICHEY
The investigation continues at the blackened single-wide trailer where 3-year-old twins died Monday morning.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office and Florida State Fire Marshal have not released any more information about the fire, which began just before 9 a.m. Monday. Neighbors and deputies tried to save the children but couldn't get inside the house. Twins Micah and Miah Shaver died in the blaze. Their mother, Shannon Garza, 30, escaped with burns to her arms and hands.
The Department of Children and Families said the agency had previously been in contact with the family but would not disclose more details until after an investigation, if one is warranted.
Donations for the family are being taken at a table in front of the Volunteer Way, 10012 Moon Lake Road.
Photos of the children are posted on a Facebook page titled "In loving memory of Miah and Micah Shaver." The comments are laden with hearts and messages of love.
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Dooley trial jury likely to be set today
Attorneys are expected to complete jury selection today in the manslaughter trial of Trevor Dooley, a 71-year-old former school bus driver who shot and killed a Valrico neighbor in 2010 after they argued over a skateboarder using the basketball court.
Dooley claims self-defense in shooting David James, 41, as they wrestled on the ground while James' 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, stood by. She is expected to testify in the trial.
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Armwood principal changing schools
Armwood High School principal Michael Ippolito has been transferred to Tampa Bay Technical High School.
Superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced his transfer at Tuesday's School Board meeting, along with several other principal transfers and appointments.
Ippolito presided over Armwood during a troubled year in which a cheating scandal forced the school to forfeit its state football championship.
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School Board approves lacrosse program
Lacrosse will be introduced on a trial basis next year in some Hillsborough County high schools and will include payments from players who can afford it.
A deal between the School Board and the Hillsborough County Lacrosse Alliance, known as HALAX, will bring the sport to about eight schools.
The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the program. The agreement calls for HALAX to supply equipment while the district provides custodial services for games, an administrator for the games and utilities.
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Missing woman returns unharmed
A Missouri woman who disappeared Monday while visiting relatives in Clearwater returned home late Tuesday night after driving to Valdosta, Ga., and back, police said.
Police had asked for the public's help finding Kathleen Schardt, 60, after she left her sister's Clearwater home about 5 p.m. Monday to buy gasoline. She did not return. Schardt was driving her sister's car, a silver 2004 Saturn Vue.
A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy reported seeing Schardt about 1:13 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bearss Avenue and Lake Emerald Boulevard in North Tampa, according to police. She asked the deputy for directions to Clearwater.
Schardt, who suffers from dementia, did not appear to be in distress when she talked to the deputy, police said. Her family reported her missing Tuesday afternoon.
She returned to her sister's home Tuesday night after apparently driving to Valdosta, Ga., police said. She did not appear to have suffered any harm, police said.