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PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA)--Five building inspectors had at least 17 chances to notice a home under construction in Wesley Chapel was built way too close to a neighboring home, county records show. But none of the men who "passed" various construction phases of the home caught a glaring ...
Vermillion and his wife, Rachel raised their concerns to Pasco County building officials a year ago. County staff visited the home on Harmony Oaks Road and confirmed the Vermillion's suspicion: the home next door is 4 feet too close. The close proximity brings up fire and safety concerns, quality of life ...

NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) - There were some terrifying moments in Pasco County when a woman discovered an 8x8-foot pit had caved in under her home. "It just plummeted, you know, it just went 'whoosh,'" said Megan Denison. Most of the crater stretches beneath the foundation of her New Port ...
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) - A Zephyrhills family wants to find the person who shot and killed their puppy. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the home on Laird Avenue for an animal complaint. Zachary Ray said he returned home from work to find the 11-week-old puppy named Panda ...
DADE CITY, Fla. -- Tampa Electric is looking to invest $75 million with its Mountain View Solar project in Pasco County, and some neighbors in Dade City say they will fight it. "From my children's bedroom, we can see the sunrise every morning and now we're going to be staring at solar farms every morning ...
A Florida cop who has appeared on the popular "Live PD" television show was arrested and fired after a woman accused him of performing a lewd sexual act in front of her and unlawfully touching her. Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy Joseph Mercado, 25, was charged with misdemeanor battery and ...

A group of west-side Pasco County parents whose neighborhood might be reassigned to different middle and high schools has asked the school Board to consider different options they suggest would cost less money and angst. The parents, including leaders of the lawsuit that resulted in a ruling against ...
For many in this county, food is not guaranteed. "1 in 6 seniors in Pasco county are hungry and food insecure," Gabriel Papadopoulos said. He's the director of Pasco county's Community Services. According to Papadopoulos, Pasco county's 60+ demographic makes up about 30 percent of the population.
Pasco County Extension Service Seminar: Bamboo -- The Good, Bad and Ugly: Learn which species of bamboo can be an asset to the landscape, as well as which ones are invasive. Also learn how to grow and use clumping bamboo. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Free; registration required. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 ...
Now Barnes has a message for all women traveling alone. "Unfortunately, do not ever open your car or open your window. Do not open it for any reason, especially if you're by yourself," Barnes said. Pasco County deputies believe Amaya caused roughly $1,000 worth of damage to Barnes' car. It's unclear ...
LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) - A Pasco County deputy has been fired after being arrested for putting semen on a woman. A spokeswoman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirms 25-year-old Deputy Joseph Mercado has been terminated after being arrested last month. An affidavit states Mercado ...
The AARP Driver Safety Program class will be offered at several Pasco County locations during March. The course is open to drivers ages 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost for the course is $15 for ...
None of its elementary schools have resource officers, for instance, and many have open access from several entry points. But the cost of meeting these needs, now heightened in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting in February, could hinder the board's desire to accomplish other ...
LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) - A Pasco County deputy has been fired after being arrested for putting semen on a woman. A spokeswoman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office confirms 25-year-old Deputy Joseph Mercado has been terminated after being arrested last month. An affidavit states Mercado ...
DADE CITY - Tampa Electric is proposing a 350-acre solar energy farm in rural Pasco County to produce 55 megawatts of electricity, part of the company's plan to install 6 million solar panels in 10 sites over the next three years. The Pasco project represents a $75 million investment in solar energy, said ...
During Senate debate Saturday, majority leader Wilton Simpson, a Pasco County Republican, advocated firmly in favor of a "marshal" program that would allow school districts to work with sheriff's offices in training and arming school employees. "In my community, we probably will want this program," said ...
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - After a 25-year absence, scalloping is making a comeback in PASCO COUNTY. At a February meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved new rules granting a 10-day scallop season off the coast of Pasco County beginning on July 20. Scallopers ...

HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) -- Deputies are investigating after a man's body was found in Hudson Saturday morning. According to the Pasco Sheriff's Office, the body was found on the property of Coastal Landfill on Houston Avenue around 10 a.m.. Investigators tell us it appears the man was involved in a ...
Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr., a licensed boat captain, pitched the idea of including Pasco in the scalloping zone to the state conservation commission. He sees it as a family-friendly activity that could boost west Pasco, the heaviest populated area of the county that is targeted for ...
Despite that, and a long-standing policy of keeping precious ground-water resources close to where they are needed, the County Commission has agreed to explore giving Hernando water to a Pasco County development owned by a local political heavyweight and Hernando County's former economic ...
In Pasco County, the number of charter schools seeking such permission is growing. For 2018-19, four have asked for different student dates -- Dayspring Academy, Classical Preparatory, Countryside Montessori and Athenian Academy. Among their requests, Athenian and Classical have asked to hold ...
Part of a dramatic K-9 takedown was caught on body camera video in Pasco County, Florida. The video comes from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. You can see the suspect take off into the woods after crashing during a stolen vehicle pursuit Saturday. K-9 Shep runs after the suspect into the wooded area ...
HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) - A man is accused of dragging a Pasco County Sheriff's Office K9 through the woods as it bit down onto his arm. The dramatic takedown was caught on body camera video. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Jacob Montgomery and Daniel Burton led deputies on a chase ...
Shortly after a judge voided Pasco County's west-side school boundary map changes for 2017-18, superintendent Kurt Browning made clear the district's crowding concerns had not changed and another rezoning would soon take place. The staff released its proposal on Feb. 23, as anticipated, in advance ...
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) - At River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, 605 young athletes gathered for the Pasco County Special Olympics Summer Games. Among them was Brandon Reid. His father, Trevor Reid, said it means a lot to his family. "I love the fact that they put a lot of attention to ...
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Do it and you may could get hit with a huge fine. A warning is going out for residents of PASCO COUNTY tempted to dump trash and debris in the woods or alongside a road. A new program called "Be Pasco Proud" is encouraging people who see illegal dumping to report it.
DADE CITY, Fla. -- Police discovered an AR-15 rifle and ammunition on a high school campus in Pasco County on Friday. According to Pasco County Schools, a staff member noticed shell casings in the bed of a student's truck at Pasco High School, so he looked inside the cab of the truck and saw a ...
NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) - A man is in the hospital after his truck ran into a restaurant not once, but twice. According to police, Jerry Jokisch was impaired when he drove his truck into City Subs and More in New Port Richey Sunday afternoon. The owner of the restaurant, Jimmy Kap, said they just ...
WESLEY CHAPEL (FOX 13) - Deputies are searching for four shoplifting suspects who stole merchandise from a Dillard's store, and are most likely the same group who stole from a Tommy Hilfiger just hours before. Pasco County deputies released surveillance video from the Dillard's store, located at The ...
(WFLA) - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who they have confirmed is involve din three armed robberies. The sheriff's ... Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office crime Tips line at 1-800-706-2488 and reference case number 18-005881. If your tip ...
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA/AP) - A Tampa animal rescue is caring for a cat who was found wandering in a Pasco County neighborhood with an arrow in its back. The cat was seen in Zephyrhills several times last week before St. Francis Society Animal Rescue volunteers caught him on Thursday night.
Kyle Ritsema the assistant principal at Cypress Creek Middle school was taken into custody at the school. According to arrest records, Ritsema is being held at the Orient Road Jail on federal charges following a Homeland Security investigation. Pasco School District spokeswoman Linda Cobbe told ABC ...
NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) - A Pasco County pastor is accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into a series of sexual encounters by telling her she has multiple personalities, one of which was possessed by a demon that he could help pray away. Gerardo Martinez, 52, was arrested last week and charged ...
students who applied to attend Pasco County's new technical high school could learn their fate as early as this afternoon. "They are going to get that first email out for those who are accepted today," principal Chris Dunning said. Some will get their choice, while others will learn that their program of interest ...
Pasco County, Fla. (WFLA) - Do it and you may could get hit with a huge fine. A warning is going out for residents of Pasco County tempted to dump trash and debris in the woods or alongside a road. A new program called "Be Pasco Proud" is encouraging people who see illegal dumping to report it.
Pasco County, Fla. (WFLA) - A man seen on camera robbing a cell phone store in Zephyrhills on Saturday may also be responsible for two other robberies in Pasco County, and for shooting bullets over a person's head, the sheriff's office said. Deputies say the man first hit the Citgo gas station at 29741 ...
Pasco County, Fla. (WFLA) - A Holiday woman who was forced to jump from a burning shuttle boat is suing the casino that owns the vessel. Deborah Jero was one of 50 passengers onboard the Island Lady on Jan. 14 when the 72-foot boat caught fire off the coast of Port Richey. In a lawsuit filed ...
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientations for those interested in becoming mentors. The organization has more than 50 children in Pasco County on its waiting list for a big brother or big sister. The orientation will provide prospective adult mentors with information on the children the ...
A Pasco County Detention Deputy has been charged with a felony for sexual misconduct with an inmate at the Pasco County Detention Facility. Last month, Taylor Penta directed a female inmate to masturbate for him on camera and in person at the facility. He also touched her genitals through the food ...
A Pasco County judge's ruling against the School Board's 2017-18 attendance zone map revisions for west-side middle and high schools wound up affecting only a handful of students. School district records show that 55 students of about 170 who were reassigned actually changed schools, with the rest ...
As retired engineer James Tippens' memory faded with Alzheimer's disease, Pasco County building records showed he signed and stamped nearly 150 permits and inspections in 2015 alone. "This is a fluke," said Assistant Pasco County Administrator Don Rosenthal, who oversees Pasco County's ...
A school media specialist for a decade, McNulty lost the post when the Pasco County School Board cut the position from all schools in 2013. She became a literacy coach for a year until the journalism teacher left Mitchell high school. Having taught English in the 1990s, McNulty applied. Four years later ...
Pasco County, Fla. -- The number of sick raccoons found in Pasco County in the last two years has exploded, now the county is giving a serious warning to pet owners. rabies Control Officer Martin O'Keeffe is concerned about the overwhelming amount of sick raccoons, "it's a lot and its only month one ...
It's that time of year when the Pasco County education Foundation recognizes star employees of the public school district for their hard work and dedication. The Education Celebration STAR Awards begin at 6 p.m. at the River Ridge high school Center for the arts. We'll bring you news of the winners at ...
HOLIDAY, Fla. -- Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a case appears unfounded, after a man had allegedly tried to kidnap a 10-year-old girl off her bicycle. They were looking for the man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 10-year-old girl off her bicycle.
Pasco County, Fla. (WFLA) - There's a new warning for pet owners in Pasco County. There has been an increase in raccoons carrying a deadly sickness. The calls are coming in around the clock as these five fingered critters infected with distemper are getting too close for comfort. William Beadling ...
Pasco County, Fla. (WFLA) - Someone tried to burn down a cat rescue in Pasco County, leaving its volunteers in fear and the shelter in danger of closing. surveillance video shows two people setting fire to two cars parked in front of the Tampa Bay Cat Alliance in an apparent attempt to burn down the ...
"This past year I haven't gone to the park just because it makes me sick to my stomach," he said. Mariano says when Pasco County handed operation of SunWest to a private company led by CEO Patrick Panakos, the park and its white sandy beaches were pristine. "He's let the sand blow away, he's had ...
Now 41 and living in Tampa, Espinosa has spoken at events hosted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office as part of an ongoing local campaign to reduce human trafficking. The effort was aided by a 2016 county ordinance that required "sexually-oriented businesses" to post human trafficking public ...
Pasco County, Fla. (WFLA) -- The Pasco school rezoning battle continues to swing back and forth. Wednesday night, a judge voided the Pasco County School District's rezoning plan. The judge ruled the school district violated the state's Sunshine Law, which guarantees access to public records.


 

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