‘Bots’ help fight sex crimes

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is using a new cyber sting program to combat human sex trafficking. The agency has joined forces with the Tampa-based U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), to use an approach that attacks the demand-side of sex trafficking by targeting and identifying online sex buyers through the use of intercept bots. Here’s how it works: The bots are used … [Read more...]

This summer camp offers insights into solving crimes

As many high school teenagers spend their summer break relaxing and having fun, a small group of students used their free time another way — dusting fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter patterns and studying forensic clues. These campers were learning how to solve crimes as part of Saint Leo University’s inaugural Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Summer Camp. The camp gave high school … [Read more...]

Lutz resident re-ups with D.C. United

After spending the past year with the D.C. United Academy, Adam Hassan is back for more — re-signing with the Major League Soccer club for the 2018-2019 season, to compete on its U-19 developmental squad. The 5-foot-10 midfielder/defender bypassed his junior year at Steinbrenner High School last August, to enter the D.C. United Academy U-17 program. The Lutz resident earned that … [Read more...]

K-9 Classic Golf Tournament

The inaugural Pasco Sheriff’s Office K-9 Classic Golf Tournament is set for 8:30 a.m., Aug 4, at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., in Trinity. Cost is $75 per golfer. Proceeds from the tournament will support the long-term medical needs of Pasco County’s retired K-9s, as well as the New Port Richey Police Department, Dade City Police Department and Zephyrhills Police … [Read more...]

Saint Leo University ID basketball camp

The Saint Leo University men’s basketball program and head coach Vince Alexander will host an Elite ID Camp on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. The camp, for boys ages 14 to 18, is a high-level camp for high school student-athletes looking to play basketball at the next level. The camp will provide instruction from … [Read more...]

Adult coed softball signup

Registration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Church’s Adult Coed Softball league. The league is open to all adults in the community. The eight-week season runs from Aug. 30 through Oct.18 and concludes with a postseason tournament on Oct. 25. All games are played Thursday nights at Idlewild’s Lutz campus, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. Cost is $35 per player. For information, call the Idlewild … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel couple launches tourism-themed podcast

Wesley Chapel’s Andy and Shannon Herbon love exploring Florida — then sharing those experiences with anybody who’ll listen. As often as they can, the Herbons and their two young children venture across the state to visit theme parks and state parks, beaches, springs and waterfalls, hidden gems and other attractions. From the Florida Panhandle, to St. Augustine, to Miami — they’ll go just … [Read more...]

More programs, initiatives, on tap at PHSC, provost says

Pasco-Hernando State College — which recently has been recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for its return on educational investment — continues to add new programs and initiatives. That was the message that Dr. Stan Giannet, the college’s provost, delivered to a crowd at a recent Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Golden Corral. The state college … [Read more...]

Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one of 24 athletes named to the … [Read more...]

Fall girls basketball league in Land O’ Lakes

Registration is ongoing for the inaugural GO (Girls Only) Fall Basketball League, which runs from July 28 to Sept. 15 and is open to girls ages 6 to 13. The league, operated by Sunlake High School varsity girls basketball coach Reesa Pledge and former Division I basketball player Christina Watlington, will focus on fundamentals and skill development. All games will be played on Saturdays, … [Read more...]