Pasco County is eyeing new rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering a new regulation that would require a registry for all vacant and rental properties in unincorporated areas of the county. The registry would be implemented and maintained by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and would require owners to designate a property manager to be responsible for receiving legal warnings, notices and citations for vacant and … [Read more...]

He helped catch criminals, solve crimes for 50 years

Det. Roger Cockerill — who was instrumental in some of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office’s  largest investigations — has retired from a law enforcement career that spanned a half-century. In Pasco, his work included investigations involving illegal drug trafficking, casino style gambling, prostitution and human trafficking. But his career in law enforcement began in February 1967 at the … [Read more...]

Law seeks to reduce distracted driving

For now, drivers caught using a hand-held phone while driving through an active construction or school zone, will be issued a warning. But, at the beginning of the New Year, a citation can be issued with a $164 fine and three points against a driver’s license for the first offense. The new restriction was included in a law that addressed texting while driving, passed by the Florida … [Read more...]

Dade City set for fall fun

The autumn season will soon be ushered in with the St. Joe Fall Festival, which will feature a wide range of vendors, diverse food selections and fun activities for kids. The Oct. 5 event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 32145 St. Joe Road in Dade City. Hungry patrons can choose from a diverse selection of foods ranging from barbecue ribs, and Cajun and … [Read more...]

Chaplain lifts spirits at Pasco Sheriff’s Office 

Chaplain Brian Brown — with his open-door policy — is a confidant for staff members at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. He’s one of a dozen chaplains assigned across the department’s three districts who counsel law enforcement officials. In addition to providing direct services, Brown also oversees the agency’s chaplains. “We minister to agency personnel and their immediate family,” … [Read more...]

These kits can help save lives

A safety measure has been added to Pasco County high schools that’s aimed to help save lives during a mass casualty or active shooter situation. The schools now have bleed control kits — designed to help prevent victims from bleeding out before emergency responders arrive. The kits contain items such as tourniquets, blood-clotting dressings and casualty extraction litter, CPR mask, … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office boosts online crime reporting

Reporting a variety of crimes is getting easier for Pasco County residents through a new online reporting tool being used by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office recently upgraded the capabilities of its citizen online police reporting system to accept reports on a these types of incidents: Petit theft (less than $300) Petit theft bicycle (less than $300) Grand … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff launches unit to help mentally ill

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new unit aimed to better serve the needs of people facing significant mental health issues. The new unit — called the Mental Health and Threat Assessment Team (MHTAT) — will feature six deputies, two caseworkers, a clinical social worker, a sergeant and a lieutenant, who will collaborate with local behavioral health providers to provide tailored, … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel sewage repair still in progress

Pasco County is repairing the sewage pipeline that runs along Northwood Palms Boulevard in Wesley Chapel. The construction, which began in early April, came in response to a routine inspection, which determined that the pipeline was fractured. The Pasco County Utilities Operations and Maintenance Department discovered that the corrosion allowed for road debris to build up within the sewage … [Read more...]

Hazel Wells’ mission: To help the less fortunate

Hazel Wells views herself as a “second mother” to disadvantaged residents living in East Pasco County. And, her years of community outreach throughout Dade City, Trilby and Lacoochee are evidence of her commitment. She attributes her charitable drive, partially, to a wish that she’d been more engaged with her own children, as they were growing up. “I realized that I wasn’t the … [Read more...]