Wesley Chapel News

News that impact Wesley Chapel.

  1. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Linen, 51, faces a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability after an argument turned physical in the 1500 block of Tallulah Terrace in Wesley Chapel on Tuesday, according to authorities.  He was arrested by Pasco deputies around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday.
  2. Sunlake High School chemistry teacher Dave Maggi, right, orients his students during the first day of school in Pasco County on Aug. 10, 2021, in Land O' Lakes. Under a tentative agreement reached this week, Pasco school employees, on average, would get a 3.5% raise this year.
  3. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and school Superintendent Kurt Browning issued a YouTube warning to students and families on Sept. 26, saying that students could face expulsion and criminal charges if they're involved in campus brawls. The announcement came days after fights at Zephyrhills and Anclote high schools.
  4. Pasco County parent Jessica Wright urges the school board to reject the use of 'Foundations in Personal Finance' by Dave Ramsey during a public hearing on June 20, 2023.
  5. The Pasco County School Board, shown at a meeting in January, approved a $1.99 billion budget on Monday.
  6. Pasco County School Board member Colleen Beaudoin pushed to delete a new rule requiring that students' shirts extend to their waist, saying it distracted from instructional time. She got support from two other board members.
  7. Journeyman mechanic John Digregorio inspects the undercarriage of a school bus on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Pinellas County Schools’ student transportation department at the Walter Pownall Service Center in Largo.
  8. Kirkland Ranch K-8 is one of several construction projects underway to handle enrollment growth in the Pasco County school district. The three-story school, shown in a rendering presented to the School Board on Dec. 13, is slated to open in 2024.
  9. The Pasco County School Board has banned cell phone use in elementary school classrooms, saying teachers should have their students' undivided attention, as in this drama exercise supervised by Longleaf Elementary theater teacher Ryan Bintz in 2021.
  10. Graduation ceremonies for Pasco County's public high schools begin Tuesday and continue through Sunday.
  11. Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School, a charter school in Temple Terrace, plans to expand into west Pasco County.
  12. Pasco County School Board Attorney Dennis Alfonso speaks during the Pasco County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Land O' Lakes. Alfonso died on May 13 after battling cancer.
  13. Shoppers come and go from a Target store in Pinellas Park in 2018. A new Target is set to be built on the Grove at Wesley Chapel strip mall.
  14. Owners of 937 undeveloped acres near residences and the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club have been cited for environmental violations by the Hillsborough Environmental Protection Commission. Some neighbors fear the unpermitted work is a precursor to allowing hunting on the land.
  15. Starkey Ranch K-8 School, which opened in the 2021-22 academic year, is the site for a proposed cell tower being challenged by parents.
  16. A 58-year-old Wesley Chapel grandmother hit her 2-year-old grandson with her SUV while backing up to help a stranded motorist Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
  17. BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel opened its doors to patients today. The $246 million hospital broke ground in December 2020.
  18. Students used their cell phones as Tampa Bay Tech played Armwood High during a spring football game on May 19, 2016. Pasco County educators are considering changes to the school district's cell phone rules, citing distractions and research showing a connection between phone use and students' mental health.
  19. James Brucia, 64, was booked into Pasco County Jail and is facing two fraud charges. His bail is set at $100,000, according to jail records.
  20. Guests gather at the entrance to PopStroke in the Wesley Chapel area.
  21. The state Department of Transportation will open the newly realigned State Road 52 in east Pasco County Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. Shown is the view looking northwest on Clinton Avenue to the Prospect Road intersection and the new SR 52 alignment on Nov. 1, 2022.
  22. A man was shot and killed in a Wesley Chapel parking lot on Friday night, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.
  23. Victoria Ashley Neault, a first-grade teacher from Pasco County, faces a child abuse charge after authorities say she pushed the back of a student’s head, “causing his head to strike a desk," according to an arrest report from the Zephyrhills Police Department.