Rug gets pulled out from under carpet scheme

Published March 28, 2007


The customers had picked out their carpet and it was time to pay. Except instead of making out their checks to The Carpet Store at 12042 U.S. 19 in Hudson, authorities say, an employee told them to write their checks to her. Nine of them did. A 10th handed her cash. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Eugenia Marie Oshea pocketed $6,967 from the faux sales over the past 11 months. And the duped customers? Six didn't receive their carpeting and four got partial installation (No measure on the scale of their anger.) Oshea, 47, of Port Richey, was arrested Monday on a charge of scheme to defraud. She was released the same day on $5,000 bond. A woman who answered the phone at the store Tuesday declined to comment.

Sales start for Lakeside project

Pulte Homes has begun selling homes at its 438-acre Lakeside development just southwest of Hudson Avenue and Hays Road. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based builder plans to raise 844 homes there. Lakeside includes a 46-acre lake for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. The lake is the centerpiece of some 190 acres of water, wetlands, open space and parks in the community. Pulte is also the developer behind Wiregrass Ranch in central Pasco, which is still going through development hearings.


He says he was joking; they aren't

Mayoral candidate Stephen Johnston said he was only joking when he referred to the City Council as the "Hatfields, McCoys and Gambinos" during a candidate forum last Thursday for Sand Pebble residents. But Stephen Sarnoff, president of the city workers union, said Johnston's comments, coupled with City Council candidate Mark Hashim's reference to city workers as the "Italian mafia," are no laughing matter. So Sarnoff and members of the Communications Workers of America plan to picket against both candidates at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road. Sarnoff said the "derogatory slurs" at the forum further solidify the city workers' opposition to Johnston and Hashim, who are in favor of dissolving the city. "We can't let them get away with that," Sarnoff said. "How can you insult Italian heritage?"