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Bandit robs man outside his moble home

Published February 14, 2007


A Land O'Lakes man was robbed Monday outside his mobile home on Leonard Road, according to sheriff's reports. Robert Calvert, 57, told deputies he was putting water in his van's radiator when a man came up behind him and pointed what he thought was a gun in his back and demanded his wallet, stealing the cash inside. Calvert did not see the man and could not provide a description of him. Anyone with information is asked to call the toll-free crime tips line at 1-800-706-2488.

School boundary stays unchanged

The proposed attendance boundary for Double Branch Elementary School, which opens in the fall, is not likely to change despite some parents' efforts. At the School Board's direction, school district officials reconvened their attendance zone committee late last week to reconsider the boundary splitting Double Branch from Sand Pine Elementary. Some Meadow Pointe parents had asked for the session, saying they were taken out of Sand Pine without representation. That school now has nearly double the students it's built for. "We talked through all the issues," planning supervisor Chris Williams said. Though concerns remained, "in the end, everybody said we've drawn about as good a line as we could draw." The board, which has given its preliminary blessing to the boundary, is scheduled to formally approve it Feb. 20.

Two real estate firms become one

Two Dade City real estate firms, Dade City Realty and East Pasco Realty, merged last week, owner Sue Szczerba said Tuesday. The firm will keep the name Dade City Realty and remain in its office on Heather Place, she said. East Pasco Realty was owned by Eugene Smith, who sold Dade City Realty to Szczerba in 2002. "So he's back home now," Szczerba said. "In today's market, it made better sense to join forces." The combined firms now have 11 brokers and associates.

Trial scheduled in deputy's killing

The attorneys say it will be a challenge to seat a jury for the April trial of Alfredie Steele Jr., the man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy in 2003.

Home organizer, decorator profiled

The tips for a well-organized house: De-clutter, use what you have, then "take out the junky and add nice touches so your own style shines through," says Kim Bohan, a passionate decorator and home organizer. See My House,

[Last modified February 13, 2007, 23:21:46]

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