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Sunday, Nov 23, 2014

Ronnie Blair

Tribune Staff

Principals shifting as schools prepare to reopen


— Mid-year principal changes are being planned as the Pasco County School District prepares for the August reopening of schools that had been closed temporarily f...

Sheriff, schools to share health clinic services


— Employees of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are about to get access to the school district’s health and wellness centers.

Pasco detectives arrest serial rape suspect

- A Holiday man faces sexual battery and other charges after he invited prostitutes into his vehicle, claimed he was a law enforcement officer, then raped them, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Trial date for theater shooting suspect delayed again

- Setting a trial date for accused movie-theater shooter Curtis Reeves Jr. is being put off once again.

Pasco school board wants state to delay new student testing


— The Pasco County School Board plans to lend its voice to those calling on the state to delay for three years the ramifications of new high-stakes assessments be...

Former Pasco assistant principal files discrimination lawsuit


A former assistant principal at Sunlake High School who claims she faced discrimination at work because she is a lesbian has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Pasco County School Board.

Officials await test results on holes in Holiday neighborhoods


— Pasco County officials are still awaiting results of a geotechnical study to determine whether holes that opened up last week in two neighborhoods were caused by sewer const...

Crane pulls car from large hole in Holiday

- With a crowd looking on and applauding, a crane lifted a car from the hole that swallowed it four days earlier when it was parked in a driveway in the Holiday Travel Park.

Pasco deputy charged with evidence tampering

- A Pasco sheriff’s deputy has been fired and faces a tampering with evidence charge after he didn’t follow through on a shoplifting investigation when he realized he knew a man and woman caught stealing on stor...

School flu vaccinations keep kids in classrooms


Pasco County schools are taking on the flu in an effort to reduce student absenteeism related to the illness.

Residents await test results on holes in Holiday neighborhood


Every few hours, 80-year-old Cliff Denver ambles up to the yellow emergency tape to monitor what’s happening with two holes that opened up this week in the Holiday Tr...

Utility work halted near Pasco ground holes

- Some residents have blamed the county sewer department’s work on a sewer lift station just north of the Holiday neighborhood for causing the two holes to form.

Public defender to represent Matos in Hudson quadruple murder trial


— Adam Matos, the man accused in a quadruple homicide in Hudson, said in court Wednesday he wants to continue to be represented by the public defender’s office,...

Geologist: Third hole could form at Holiday mobile home park

- A second hole opened up Tuesday in the Holiday Travel Park community where a car was swallowed a day earlier by a hole in a driveway, and tests by a geologist indicate a third hole is possible.

New Pepin charter school ‘making it work’ in shopping center site


— As school campuses go, it’s not the most traditional setting.

Pasco school buses might try a different fuel


— The Pasco County Sschool Ddistrict is exploring transforming one-fourth of its bus fleet to compressed natural gas, an...

Boy seen in photo deemed no threat to Pasco school


— Additional sheriff’s deputies were assigned to Land O’ Lakes High School today as precaution, although officials said there was likely no danger f...

Murphy, Burgess win state House races in Pasco


An incumbent held onto one state House of Representatives seat in Pasco County on Tuesday while term limits guaranteed someone new took the other.

Pasco may join other school boards opposing new student tests


— The Pasco County School Board could be joining a growing list of boards in Florida calling on the governor, the Florida Department of Education and the state Le...

Pasco elementary students learn they must repeat grade


— About 3 percent of Pasco County elementary school students learned they would have to repeat the grade at the end of t...

Union likens Pasco superintendent’s proposal to Halloween ‘trick’


— Contract negotiations between the Pasco County School District and the union that represents school employees became an exercise in dueling emails after the dis...

Failed charter a drag on Pasco County School District


— The Pasco County School District is running into problems closing out the books on a Zephyrhills charter school for autistic students that shut down at the end of the 20...

Richey Elementary students get lessons in nurtrition, origins of eggs from local farmer


— When state Sen. Wilton Simpson gives a lesson on eggs, those props he’s using are the real thing.

Clinic for county workers to expand


— A clinic in Land O’ Lakes that serves Pasco school employees and retirees will be expanded and a new clinic will open in Wesley Chapel under the terms of...

Pasco teacher will undergo gender change


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


— 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


— 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


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

Dead bat found at Sunlake High tests positive for rabies


— 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


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


— 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 ...

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


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


— 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...

Pasco man accused of holding girlfriend, teens hostage


The assignment seemed routine enough.

State attorney clears Pasco officers in Zephyrhills fatal shooting


— 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 ...

Pinellas got corrections grant Sheriff Nocco wanted


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...