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Pasco County homicide suspect found hiding in trunk of car during traffic stop in Citrus County

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A murder suspect was found hiding in a trunk of a vehicle during a traffic stop in Citrus County on Friday. According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the Warrants Unit received a call around 3 p.m. from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office regarding a wanted Pasco ho


Dade City Family Loses Dog, Home In Fire

DADE CITY, FL -- A Dade City family lost their dog and their home when their house in the 13600 block of Duck Lake Canal Road caught fire Thursday, Feb. 14. Flames and smoke were coming from the living room of the home when Pasco County firefighters arrived on the scene.


Pasco County Fair 2019: Everything You Need To Know

DADE CITY, FL -- These days the youth exhibitors carry smart phones so they can instantly post photos of their winning livestock to their social media pages. But, other than the technology, the students who participate in the agriculture competitions at the Pasco County Fair aren't much different th


Inmates help Pasco County deputies rescue infant accidentally locked in car

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pasco County inmate helped rescued a baby accidentally locked in a car in New Port Richey on Thursday. According to Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll, deputies received a report of an infant who was accidentally locked inside an SUV at the West Pasco


Florida man got $980k tax refund, but he shouldn't have, feds say

A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. The IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Christopher Blanchett, who federal prosecutors said told a seven-digit lie on his 2016 income tax returns.


Dog dies in Dade City house fire

DADE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – A dog died in a house fire in Dade City on Thursday. According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, the fire broke out in a home in the 13600 block of Duck Lake Canal Road.


Dade City Celebrates Grand Opening Of Heritage Museum

DADE CITY, FL -- Valentine's Day proved the perfect time for lovers of Dade City history. It marked the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Dade City Heritage and Cultural Museum at the historic train depot, 14206 U.S. 98 Bypass, Dade City.


Randy Maggard holding Dade City fundraiser Feb. 28

The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kafe Kokopelli. Shortly after making the ballot in the House District 38 special, Randy Maggard announced he was hosting a campaign fundraiser in Dade City later this month.


Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 found in Florida high school

(WBBH) - Enough fentanyl to kill more than 1,000 people, along with cocaine and marijuana, were found in a student's book bag at Florida's Lehigh Senior High School on Tuesday.


Appeals court agrees that Florida’s signature rules on mail votes are ‘serious burden’

Upholding a judge’s decision that sided with former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and national Democrats, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burd


Despite 'stinky' conduct, Pasco County's actions toward property group not unconstitutional

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit answered the question of whether applying an ordinance raises issues with a substantive-due-process claim, and made it clear the answer was “no” as it reversed a summary judgment in favor of a property suing Pasco County amid the appl


Brooksville mastiff wins Best of Breed at Westminster

BROOKSVILLE — John Seibel went shopping years ago for a Rottweiler show dog. As a matter of curiosity, the breeder brought out a Neopolitan mastiff, as well. Following conclusion of the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11 and 12, Seibel recalled that first sigh


17-year-old Zephyrhills girl found safe

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) - UPDATE: Hannah has been found safe, thanks for sharing!. Police are searching for a 17-year-old who was reported missing Friday night in Zephyrhills.


1 acre of land burning near Pasco County neighborhood

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — No homes are currently in danger as a brush fire burns near a Pasco County neighborhood. The county fire rescue tweeted the good news around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. It says the fire is located north of the Longleaf subdivision, located near Starkey and Rangeland boulevards.


South Florida cop accused of selling police-issued weapons, laser sights to pawn shop

A South Florida officer has been arrested after department brass accused him of selling two police-issued weapons and other police equipment to a pawn shop. Hallandale Beach cop Yan Kleyman, 33, was arrested Friday on a charge of dealing stolen property, according to reports.


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


Deputies: Woman missing in Hernando County is previous attempted homicide victim

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing woman who they say was previously the victim of an attempted homicide. Keyonna Cole, 27, was last seen on February 10 around 11 p.m. in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Brooksville. She was walking


Rayha avoids death penalty, tells judge: 'This is a sham'

BARTOW — Moments after stating in court that his trial was a miscarriage of justice, Patrick Jon Rayha was sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment Wednesday for the fatal shooting of Russell Jackson in his Lakeland mobile home on Christmas Day 2017.


Zephyrhills man accused of having sex with boy, 13, and recording images, Sheriff’s Office says

ZEPHYRHILLS — A 49-year-old Zephyrhills man is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy and recording the incidents, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said. Joseph Anthony Ponchot of Zephyrhills was arrested Tuesday in connection with incidents that occurred over the weekend, the Sheriff’s Offic


Hickey on girl's neck leads to arrest of South Florida man

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A man accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl at a South Florida park last summer, giving her a hickey, was arrested on Valentine's Day. Terrence Wilkins, 28, faces a charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a 13-year-old girl.