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REPUBLICAN FASANO ENDORSES DEMOCRAT

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Former state legislator and longtime Pasco Republican Mike Fasano on Friday did what he has said for weeks he wouldn't do: He offered an official endorsement of the Democrat running to fill his seat.

While filming an edition of Florida This Week on WEDU-Ch. 3, Fasano was asked if he was endorsing Amanda Murphy. He said yes.

Murphy is running against Bill Gunter, a Republican.

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Wesley Chapel

Man shot at home Wednesday dies

The man who was shot Wednesday night at his home at 30122 Eastport Drive died Friday morning. Deputies released his name: Timothy Leigh Skowronski, He was 33.

Skowronski was shot around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Four people who were in the home at the time of the shooting are not cooperating with investigators, Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said.

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ZEPHYRHILLS

Synthetic marijuana seized at store

Authorities seized more than 200 packets of synthetic marijuana Friday from a convenience store and arrested the manager, Pasco County Sheriff's deputies said.

Tips led deputies to a Mobile Food Mart at 36952 State Road 54, where packets of "spice" were found in a freezer at about 4 p.m., Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said.

The manager, 47-year-old Tammy Embrey, faces drug possession and trafficking charges, Tobin said. She was being booked into jail Friday evening.

Deputies with a search warrant seized 210 spice packets and drug paraphernalia, he said. They also found a letter from the Sheriff's Office warning businesses of a "pending crackdown" on the synthetic drugs, which can subject business owners to a fine of $500 per packet.

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