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Dogs search for gun used in I-4 road rage death

By TIMES WIRES
Published February 28, 2007


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DELAND

Four dogs from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Tuesday for a gun used to shoot Land O'Lakes resident Eric Houk, 36, who was killed during a road rage incident on his way home from the Daytona 500 on Feb. 19. Charles Onasanya, 19, Ronlee Harvin, 21, and David Edwards, 21, who were arrested in connection with the incident, told authorities they threw the gun off Interstate 4, according to ATF spokesman John F. Ryan. The dogs and their agents will continue to search today, Ryan said.

COUNTYWIDE

FCAT day has a few distractions

Emergencies interrupted FCAT sessions at one Pasco County school on Tuesday and nearly upended testing at another. Stewart Middle School in Zephyrhills wound up postponing its final math testing session until today after smoke in a classroom caused everyone to evacuate. "It went off at 9:35, which happened to be the exact ending time for Session 1 for all three grades," principal Jackson Johnson said. There was just too much confusion for Session 2 to begin. Anclote Elementary in New Port Richey went into lockdown mode because of a domestic dispute in the neighborhood. "We were put into modified lockdown early enough where we were able to proceed with our FCAT testing," Anclote principal Carole Baird said. "Everyone took it in stride." The test continues through the week.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Sweetbays open at three locations

Three Sweetbay supermarkets are opening today at 7325 Gall Blvd., 36538 State Road 54 and 38901 County Road 54. The stores were remodeled from the Kash n' Karry brand, which will be phased out by midyear, spokeswoman Nicole LeBeau said.

DADE CITY

City to take over mile of Seventh

City leaders approved an agreement Tuesday evening to take control of a downtown stretch of Seventh Street. The city will spend an estimated $38,000 a year to maintain the 1.3 miles of road, previously controlled by the state. In exchange, the city can save three dozen parking spaces that were going to be lost to a widening project and have control over streetlights and landscaping. The agreement awaits the state Department of Transportation's approval.

Auto parts store to be subdivided

Jim Guedry, owner of the Dade City Business Center, said he bought the former NAPA Auto Parts building on U.S. 301 last week for $925,000. He said Tuesday he plans to divide the 25,000-square-foot building into six or seven spaces for retail stores.

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