Prosecutors in the upcoming Pasco County murder trial of Curtis Reeves have begun to whittle their witness list, removing a Wesley Chapel woman who claimed that Reeves confronted her for using her phone during a movie a month before the fatal shooting at the same theater. Jamira Dixon told the Tampa Bay Times that Reeves glared at her during a showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in December at the Cobb Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel. Neither Dixon nor her husband, who was with her at the theater, were called to testify during Reeves' bail hearing earlier this year. Another Pasco man who came forward later to say Reeves told him to "shut up" for talking in a Zephyrhills movie eight years ago has not been listed as a witness. Reeves, 72, a retired Tampa police captain, is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 13 shooting of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. The men were at a matinee of Lone Survivor with their wives when they argued over Oulson texting his young daughter's babysitter during previews.
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County will get new school buses today
Four new long-awaited school buses will arrive today in Hillsborough County. The district, which held off on bus purchases during the recession and struggled to agree on a brand over the past year, is now buying 100 a year to replenish one of the oldest fleets in the state. The four Thomas Built buses set to arrive today are for special-needs students, with wheelchair lifts. Sixteen more buses are set to arrive in the next few weeks, all ahead of schedule.
Register by Monday to vote on Nov. 4
Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. Besides helping elect a governor and state attorney general, Hillsborough voters will also cast ballots in congressional, legislative, County Commission, School Board and judicial races. For details on how and where to register, visit votehillsborough.org.
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James Talton, owner of Blue Marble Strategic, which is seeking to build a sports complex in Wesley Chapel, and his investors would like some aspects of his proposed contract with Pasco County changed. But Talton said he is not actively seeking changes in the contract. A story in today's Pasco Times edition, which was printed earlier, was unclear on this point.