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Members of the Pasco County Planning Commission on Monday approved a $75 million solar farm to be built on land previously zoned for agricultural use near Dade City. The solar plant, which will add around 50 megawatts to the power grid by the end of the year, is part of an $850 million plan by Tampa ...
ORIGINAL STORY | A child is in critical condition after a drowning call in Pasco County, officials said. The Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to a reported drowning in the 9000 block of Irondale Lane around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Officials said a pediatric patient was flown to the hospital in critical ...

HOLIDAY, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a father, a toddler and a county vehicle in Holiday. "I look outside and I see the baby laying there," said Frank Clark, neighbor. Frank Clark lives across the street from the family. He said he called 911. Troopers responded to a crash ...
... and then add a location by the end of the second quarter. We have witnessed excellent sales growth results in this market, and we are almost a full 90 days ahead of plan. We are now able to quickly launch this location, knowing that it will be profitable from the first day we open our doors in Pasco County.
LAND O' LAKES (FOX 13) - A Pasco County man obtained a victim's address through a website after she refused to go on a date with him, deputies say. Pasco County deputies arrested 62-year-old Joseph Seidle on Tuesday. According to officials, Seidle asked the 22-year-old victim out on a date on two ...
(FOX 13) - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office showed up to a woman's front door in the middle of the night responding to a call of a toothy prowler that showed up at her door. Amber Manning says her family had gone to bed when she was contacted by her father that the sheriff's office was at the front door ...

HOLIDAY (FOX 13) - A one-and-a-half-year-old boy died and a man was injured when they were hit by a Pasco County government vehicle Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP says us that the toddler ran into Moog Road, right in front of the vehicle. His father then tried to save him and ...
The days of signing your name on a piece of paper in a binder and walking into a Pasco County school are over. All schools in the district are now under strict instruction to run every visitor's identification through the Raptor system, which tracks in real time who is on each campus. It also checks the state ...
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - A Dade City man shot another man in the leg Saturday when the victim wouldn't let him see his teenage daughter, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the 4800 block of Huron Street in Zephyrhills. Deputies said Johnaton Ramdath showed up to a home at about 12:30 ...
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 ...


 

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