Pasco Sheriff named to Homeland Security advisory role

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has added another leadership responsibility to his plate —an advisory role with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Pasco Sheriff is one of seven new members named to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) by acting secretary Chad Wolf. The announcement came from the federal agency last month. The HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security … [Read more...]

Some 2020 races decided; others up for grabs

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, Clerk & Comptroller Nikki Alvarez-Sowles and Sheriff Chris Nocco each will serve another four years — since no opponents came forward to challenge them by the qualifying deadline in the 2020 election. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley also will serve another four years, as his opponent withdrew. And, Mike Wells has been elected to Pasco County … [Read more...]

Election supervisors seek more flexibility

The Florida Supervisors of Elections — an organization representing all 67 county election supervisors across the state — is seeking greater flexibility regarding how elections are conducted during the remainder of the 2020 election cycle. The organization has asked that Gov. Ron DeSantis issue an executive order granting more flexibility, in light of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) … [Read more...]

Serving meals to children in need

Efforts are ongoing to keep children fed during this time of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As school district officials know, for many children their school meals are their only reliable source of food. So, both the Pasco and Hillsborough County school districts have set up meal distribution sites and have been providing meals to students ages 18 and under. At the … [Read more...]

Stepping forward to help, in time of need

These are not normal times and the community is responding to surging needs in light of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel and Firefighters Charities of Pasco joined together to purchase $10,000 of nonperishable food items, as well as toilet paper, tissues and paper towels — to help Pasco County seniors. The two groups collaborated with … [Read more...]

Government responds to COVID-19

A $2 trillion relief package — the largest in U.S. history — has been passed in an attempt to stabilize the economy, in the wake of an economic and medical crisis posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The package includes help for individuals, unemployment benefits, loans for small businesses, help for large industries and other types of assistance. The stimulus includes a $1,200 … [Read more...]

Pasco County adopts rental registry ordinance

Pasco County has adopted an ordinance requiring owners of rental properties and vacant properties to register them. The idea is to give the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office a way to find out who owns a property, or who’s authorized to be on it, when they’re called to a scene. It also will give county officials information they need to pursue code violations, when a structure is becoming a … [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...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]

Bilirakis helps Pasco secure $500,000 safe schools grant

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has helped Pasco County Schools secure a $500,000 federal grant to help keep students and teachers safe. The funding is part of the STOP School Violence Act, which Bilirakis supported and which became law last year. Bilirakis advocated for Pasco to receive this grant after speaking with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning, … [Read more...]