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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Ronnie Blair

Tribune Staff

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.

Final hearing on school district budget

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— The Pasco County School Board is scheduled Tuesday evening to hold its final public hearing on the school district’s $1.2 billion budget for 2014-15.

Seven Springs to host Chinese students

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A group of middle school students from China plans to spend about two months at Seven Springs Mi...

Community steps up for wounded warrior’s wedding

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— The explosion happened as Jacob Leach drove a Humvee in the area of Ramadi, Iraq.

Domestic call didn’t prevent looming killings

- Did the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office do enough to find Adam Matos after Megan Brown reported he threatened to kill her? The sheriff believes so.

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.

Learning Lodge Academy is a teacher’s dream

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— Longtime teacher Kerrie Cuffe began formulating the idea of creating a charter school in West Pasco County about three years ago, but she kept the dream mostly to hersel...

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...

School board to discuss athlete transfers

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— It has survived parent complaints and at least one court challenge.

Parent becomes director at school for autistic kids

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— A year ago, Chris Dester was just one more parent with a student enrolled in a first-year charter school for autistic children.

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...

As Saint Leo students study, construction is school’s background music

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— A dream of playing college volleyball led Alison Schucht to the Internet, where she and her father researched potential Division II schools that might be a good fit.

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...

Luikart questions high school transfer policy

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— School Board Vice Chairman Steve Luikart would like to see the Pasco County school district put its transfer policy for high school athletes on hold so it can b...

School district clinics thrive

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— Employee health clinics that the Pasco County school district began opening more than three years ago have been so successful — saving the district about...

Pasco schools add 795 more students

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— Pasco County schools saw enrollment increase by 795 students as the 2014-15 academic year got off to its start this week.

CSX offers solution to stopped trains in Dade City

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— Stopped trains that block traffic for hours in Dade City may be a thing of the past.

Sheriff blasts CSX for trains blocking roads in Dade City

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Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco has taken CSX Transportation to task about the company’s trains stopping for hours and blocking roadways...

Special-ed student discovered on school bus at Dade City garage

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— A special education student who was supposed to be dropped off Tuesday morning at Double Branch Elementary in Wesley Chapel instead stayed on his school bus and ended ...

New school year begins in Pasco County

- It was a sea of generations, with parents and grandparents sharing in the excitement as unsure kindergartners and confident high school seniors launched themselves into the academic year.

New Pasco school year sees big changes

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— A surprise awaited fifth-grader Gema Hernandez when she arrived at Cox Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher day last wee...

Judge orders top Pasco sheriff’s officer to give deposition in Reeves case

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A high-ranking officer with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office must give a deposition to attorneys for Curtis Reeves Jr., the retired Tampa police captain who faces ...

Pasco man accused of operating grow house

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— A 62-year-old Wesley Chapel man faces a charge of armed trafficking in marijuana after an investigation of electricity theft led to the discovery he was operating a gr...

Pasco school board to review athletic transfer policy

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The Pasco County School Board is taking another look at its athletic transfer policy, just one year after the policy was put into place in an effort to prevent ...

Pasco sheriff fights top officer’s deposition in Reeves case

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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is fighting an effort by Curtis Reeves Jr.’s attorney to take a deposition from one of its high-ranking officers.

Bus late? School has info

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— The first two weeks of school tend to be bumpy ones for school buses.

Kids sample school life

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It was a tale that hit home for the soon-to-be kindergarten students gathered around Oakstead Elementary teacher Jennifer Sanchez.

Pasco deputies cheer up ailing officer with new motorcycle

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— Cpl. Rick Roller has been an integral part of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for nearly three decades, so when s...

Pasco superintendent plans to revisit academic honors issue

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Although Superintendent Kurt Browning has changed his mind about recommending elimination of valedictorian and salutatorian designations for Pasco County high s...

Pasco superintendent reverses decision on top academic honors

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School Superintendent Kurt Browning is dropping his recommendation that the Pasco County School District eliminate the valedictorian and salutatorian designatio...

School board hopefuls share views

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The lone Pasco County School Board race on this month’s election ballot pits a one-term incumbent with an education background against a challenger who once h...

Days extended for 4th, 5th grades at 3 schools

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Fourth- and fifth-graders at three Pasco County elementary schools will be in class an extra 50 minutes each day this coming academic year

‘Paper Towns’ returns to Pasco school’s summer reading list

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— “Paper Towns,” the young adult novel removed from a middle school’s summer reading list after a Pasco County mother complained about its se...

Pasco school board gives tentative OK to budget

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— The Pasco County School Board gave tentative approval Tuesday evening to a $1.2 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Sheriff: Man sold drugs from his Pasco carpet business, home

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A year-long investigation has led to the arrest of a Wesley Chapel man on charges that he ran a large narcotics operation from his home and from his carpet business ...

Work OK’d for old school

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— What was once old will soon be new again.