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A new home under construction at the Starkey Ranch subdivision located north of State Road 54 in Odessa on Thursday, March 2, 2017. OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Pasco commission moves toward increase in impact fee for schools

NEW PORT RICHEY — The price of a new Pasco County home is poised to rise, with the added revenue slated to go toward new school construction. County commissioners on Tuesday signaled general support for increasing the school impact fee, to help the School District meet space needs created by enrollment generated by …

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  1. Lawsuit: Florida contractor fakes death to dodge angry homeowners

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE — For weeks, Glenn Holland, 67, crawled out of bed before the sun rose to look for a dead man.

    Last year Glenn and Judith Holland said they paid a contractor thousands of dollars to renovate their future retirement home in Seminole. But when they tried to move in on Dec. 14, they said the home was in shambles and uninhabitable. They sent a text message to contractor Marc Anthony Perez at 12:36 p.m. looking for answers. Fourteen minutes later, they got back this text: "This is Marc's daughter, dad passed away on the 7th of December in a car accident. Sorry." Turns out Perez was still alive. Now the Hollands are suing him in Pinellas-Pasco circuit court. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  2. Hernando sheriff: Orlando mother turns in 18-year-old son in pawn shop burglary

    Crime

    Times Staff Writer

    SPRING HILL — Hernando deputies have arrested a fourth person in connection with a pawn shop burglary, but they really didn't have to do anything to find him.

    Elijah Pickard, 18, of Orlando, was turned in by his own mother in connection with a pawn shop burglary, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office [Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  3. Busy start has Florida Hospital Center Ice dreaming big

    Tourism

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Opening day brought 600 doctors, administrators and their families from Florida Hospital. Soon after that, the facility hosted its first junior league game and a collegiate showdown. A few weeks later, 200 kids, ages 4 to 9, participated in national Learn to Play Hockey Day.

    Alex Senushkin and his grandson, Styopa Kulshyn, 3, of Lakeland, skate at the Florida Hospital Center Ice rink in Wesley Chapel.
[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]

  4. Pasco fire station reopens after hundreds of bats forced crews out

    Human Interest

    Fire crews have returned to a Hudson fire station nearly two weeks after they were forced out by possibly thousands of bats.

    Fire crews returned to Station 39 in Hudson on June 21, 2017, nearly twoo weeks after the building was closed due to a rat infestation. [Times files]
  5. Unused county property in Pasco could soon sprout community gardens

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Unused property in Pasco County may soon sprout community gardens that beautify neighborhoods and promote healthier lifestyles among residents, thanks to an ordinance passed unanimously Tuesday by the County Commission.

    A new Pasco ordinance allows the public to build community gardens and farms on county-owned property and also provides design, operations and maintenance standards for them.
  6. Port Richey asks FDLE to investigate allegations of missing Police Department records

    Local Government

    PORT RICHEY — Once again, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is being asked to investigate the Port Richey Police Department.

    City Manager Vince Lupo made the request after a recent TV news story about police records. 
  7. Largo man accused of impersonating law enforcement officer in Land O' Lakes

    Crime

    A motorist who deputies say flashed emergency lights, wore a necklace with what appeared to be a law enforcement badge and threatened a driver with arrest in Land O' Lakes was arrested himself on Wednesday on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

    John William Dawson, 49, of Largo, was arrested Wednesday in Wesley Chapel on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.