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Bird shot dead: shooter drives away laughing

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 20, 2007


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ZEPHYRHILLS

A laughing man in a green pickup drove to a family's property Sunday, stepped out and opened fire on their bird before speeding away, witnesses told authorities. Kimberley Kinney told Pasco sheriff's deputies she heard a gunshot from inside her house at 40455 Otis Allen Road about 7:30 p.m. When she walked outside, one of her guinea fowl, a domesticated bird that looks like a partridge, was dead in the driveway. Kinney's husband and son, who were outside fixing a gate, saw the shooter pull up in a truck and climb out with a long-barrelled gun. He fired the gun at the ground, and when Richard Kinney looked up, the man was laughing, according to a report. He followed the truck as it sped off but lost sight of it. No arrests have been made. The bird was valued at $30.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Summer day camp signup under way

Registration for children's summer camp at the new city recreation and aquatics complex is under way. The camp for children ages 6 to 12 runs from June 4 to July 27. Registration is also open to non-city residents. The $14.1-million complex officially opens on May 19 with a celebration that will include tours of the facility, trial classes and free food. Spaces for camp are limited. For information, call the center at (727) 841-4560.

Trees are fine, no crime, officials say

Nearly 200 Hudson palms are still in their rightful spot, but questions about an order to dig them up remain.

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With your donations, every child in Head Start will get a new (or "gently used") book.

[Last modified March 20, 2007, 00:58:08]


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