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Friday, Oct 24, 2014

Ronnie Blair

Tribune Staff

Wiregrass Ranch parents push back on late-start plan

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— Backlash from parents upset about a proposed 10-period day at Wiregrass Ranch High has Pasco school district officials saying they are willing to consider other ways t...

Pasco teacher will undergo gender change

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A social studies teacher at Mitchell High School has begun the process of gender transition and plans to present himself as a woman no later than the beginning of next scho...

New nutrition rules eat into school fundraisers

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— Pasco County School Board members expressed frustration this week about new federal standards that forced schools to change their a la carte offerings in cafete...

Mom confronts school bus aide accused of slapping her autistic son

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— They sat on opposite sides of the courtroom as they waited for the case to be called Monday afternoon.

Matos pleads not guilty in four Hudson killings

- Adam Matos, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend before taking her 4-year-old to a Tampa hotel, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Anclote Elementary to get face-lift

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Anclote Elementary will undergo a major renovation next year that will require temporarily relocating the students and staff.

Bat infestation at Sunlake High becomes learning moment

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When a colony of Brazilian free-tailed bats took up residence at Sunlake High School during the summer, science teacher...

Dead bat found at Sunlake High tests positive for rabies

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— A dead bat found at Sunlake High School tested positive for rabies, prompting the principal to send a letter home to parents Monday to alert them to the situati...

District 38 candidates offer views

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The race to succeed Will Weatherford as state representative from east Pasco’s District 38 pits a Republican who got an early start in politics against a Democrat who has devoted a lifetime to education.

Assistant Pasco superintendent plans to resign

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— An assistant superintendent with the Pasco County School District plans to resign effective Jan. 15, saying she hopes to move into a new position where she can ...

Next elementary school built will be 31% larger than most

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— The Pasco County school district plans to go big when it starts construction less than two years from now on an elementary school in the Bexley Ranch developmen...

30-foot-deep hole opens in road at Holiday subdivision

- An engineering firm is determining whether a sinkhole or some other cause led to the road collapse on the Gulfwinds subdivision’s main road.

Reeves' attorneys granted access to Pasco theater shooting site

- Attorneys for accused movie-theater shooter Curtis Reeves Jr. have permission to visit the Cobb Grove 16 Theater where the shooting took place as they prepare their defense, despite concerns raised by the prosecution.

Wiregrass Ranch makes plans to deal with crowded campus

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Wiregrass Ranch High School plans to switch to a 10-period day next year as part of the Wesley Chapel school’s effort to deal with crowded conditions and...

Reeves’ attorneys want to reconstruct shooting scene in Pasco theater

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— Attorneys for accused movie-theater shooter Curtis Reeves Jr. want to go inside the theater where the fatal shooting took place so they can reconstruct what happened a...

Packed Wiregrass has time crunch

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Wiregrass Ranch High School has grown so crowded that at class-change time students encounter the school’s equivalent of a long commute at rush hour, a situatio...

Pasco man accused of holding girlfriend, teens hostage

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The assignment seemed routine enough.

State attorney clears Pasco officers in Zephyrhills fatal shooting

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— Two officers with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office were justified when they fatally shot an unarmed suspect during an undercover-narcotics operation in July, an ...

Schools adjusting to Baker Act

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— The middle school student had been Baker Acted before, so she knew the implications.

Pinellas got corrections grant Sheriff Nocco wanted

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was surprised this week to learn Pinellas County received a $750,000 grant to launch a program aimed at keeping nonviolent offenders...

Bicyclists ride to bring attention to Pasco hit-and-run case

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A group of bicyclists took to the roads of San Antonio on Wednesday evening to bring attention to an unsolved hit-and-run case that left a bicyclist hospitalized Sunday ...

Pasco High’s Cambridge classes let students earn college credits

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Elizabeth Merwin managed to do quite well at Pasco High School her freshman year, even though she admits to putting little to no ...

Not first time prisoner had escaped, Pasco sheriff says

- Jason Wayne Adams went shopping for chewing tobacco, cigarettes and alcohol Aug. 28 at a convenience store in Lutz, about half-mile from where prisoners from the Sumter Correctional Institute were on a work crew.

Pasco school board approves new budget

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The Pasco County School Board gave final approval Tuesday evening to its $1.2 billion budget for 2014-15

Judge denies bond to Matos in Hudson slayings

- Adam Matos made his first court appearance after being charged the day before with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his former girlfriend, her parents and her new boyfriend.

Matos charged with murder in four Hudson slayings

- Adam Matos was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his former girlfriend, Megan Brown, her parents and her new boyfriend.

Pasco theater shooting trial tentatively slated for March

- Attorneys are still wrangling over depositions and forensic evidence, but the judge asked them to set aside March 2-20 as a potential time period for Curtis Reeves’ trial.

Pasco hearing delay upsets autistic boy’s mom

- A pre-trial hearing scheduled Tuesday morning for a school bus assistant accused of slapping a 10-year-old autistic boy was continued until Oct. 20, upsetting the child’s mother.

Report: Knife threat by suspect preceded Hudson slayings

- Megan Brown was afraid of Adam Matos, the man suspected of killing her, her parents and her new boyfriend, according to deputies.

Pasco deputies identify four bodies found in Hudson

- The victims in the quadruple homicide case in Hudson, in which a 4-year-old child was kidnapped, include the boy’s mother, her mother and father and another man.

Port Richey teen accused of setting her home on fire

- The 14-year-old faces arson and attempted murder charges. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco plans to discuss the case’s possible connection to a violent fictional online character.

Lake County man sues Pasco sheriff over DUI arrest

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Lake County man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and one of his deputies, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was arrested on a DUI charge even tho...

No changes planned for Pasco’s athletic transfer policy

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The Pasco County School District plans to modify procedures for carrying out its transfer policy for high school athletes, but no changes are planned for the po...

Legg declines Legislator of the Year award from education group

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— Last month, the Florida School Boards Association notified state Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, that he had been named the organization’s 2014 Legislator of the...

Luikart easily wins another term on Pasco school board

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Steve Luikart easily won a second four-year term on the Pasco County School Board on Tuesday, defeating Marc Yacht in ...

PHSC, Pasco sheriff reach accord on police academy

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— After months of controversy, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco and Pasco-Hernando State College reached an agreement Tuesday evening on the operation of the college’s...