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As Pasco County sinkhole widens, some are determined to stay put

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The Florida sinkhole that swallowed two homes last week isn’t getting any deeper, but it’s getting wider, officials said Wednesday — and one resident who’s back home after being evacuated is vowing to stay unless the hole consumes her house. “I’m apprehensive, a little nervous,” said Patty Camunas, 57, whose family lives near the sinkhole.

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Mike Fasano’s July charity is Pasco back-to-school supply drive

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For July’s charity-of-the-month, the five offices of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be collecting donations to help kids whose families cannot afford basic back-to-school supplies required of most students. Soon after the promotion ends at the end of the month, schools in each community will receive the supplies. “Each year students are expected to purchase an ever-growing list of supplies to bring with them on the first day of school,” Fasano said in a statement. “Gone are the…

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Florida Ag commissioner: ‘No end in sight’ for wildfires

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Three schools canceled classes due to smoky conditions from a nearby wildfire as Florida’s agriculture commissioner said the state is in the “midst of its worst wildfire season in years – with no end in sight.” Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release that nearly 125 active wildfires were burning Monday morning. Officials in Pasco County near Tampa, on Florida’s Gulf Coast, called off classes Monday at an elementary, a middle and a high school near fire that burned…

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Chris Nocco, Will Weatherford to headline Mike Moore campaign kick-off event

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and former House Speaker Will Weatherford will be headlining a campaign kickoff fundraiser next month for County Commissioner Mike Moore’s re-election effort. Moore, the founder of a medical supplies business which he later sold, was first elected to District 2 in 2014 and has served as vice-chair of the county commission board since 2016. He will also become chair in 2017. The event is Wednesday, May 17, at Seven Oaks Clubhouse, 2910 Sports Core Cir.…

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3rd Florida man guilty for burning cross in couple’s yard

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A third Florida man has pleaded guilty to setting a wooden cross on fire in an interracial couple’s yard. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that 56-year-old William Dennis of Port Richey pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to threaten, intimidate and interfere with an interracial couple’s enjoyment of their housing rights. Two other men previously pleaded guilty. Officials say the men were living in a largely white community in Pasco County when an African-American couple moved into a…

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‘Top 1%’ attorney busted for DUI in Pasco, challenges license suspension on procedural errors

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Matthew Mayne Donaldson, 50, is a lawyer with Carlson, Meissner Hart & Hayslett, serving as lead attorney in the firm’s Spring Hill office. On Oct. 29, 2016, Donaldson was returning from his son’s football game when a Pasco County deputy purportedly saw the attorney’s 2007 Toyota Tundra cross lanes and nearly collide with four or five oncoming vehicles — including a U.S. Postal Service vehicle — before swerving off the road. After failing sobriety exercises and declining a breath-alcohol test,…

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Florida wildlife officials: Be on lookout for Pasco monkey

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Florida state wildlife officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for a monkey in Pasco County. According to Fox 13 television station the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says they’ve received reports of a rhesus macaque in the area of Hudson Beach this week. Rhesus macaques are not native to Florida and officials aren’t sure how it got there. But they don’t want it there much longer. Wildlife officials snapped a photo of the primate sitting on…

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