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Tough questions for potential Steele jurors

Published April 19, 2007


Dade City

Attorneys in the murder trial of Alfredie Steele Jr. on Wednesday asked potential jurors pointed questions about race, law enforcement and the death penalty. Steele is accused in the 2003 shooting death of Pasco sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison. He could be executed if convicted. Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe asked a panel of 16 potential jurors if any of them would have reservations about recommending a death sentence if the state proved its case. One by one, each indicated he or she had no reservations. Later, Assistant Public Defender Bob Focht asked them about their political persuasions, church involvement, experience with firearms and involvement with the courts. Jury selection continues today.


Have you seen hit-run vehicle?

Authorities are asking for help in finding the vehicle involved in Tuesday's hit-and-run that killed a 25-year-old woman. The vehicle is missing an antenna and has a broken silver plastic grille, said Trooper Larry Coggins of the Florida Highway Patrol. It also will be missing all or part of a front right-turn signal lens. The wreck killed Deannie M. Gilbow of Zephyrhills, who was walking along U.S. 301. Anyone with information is asked to call patrol Cpl. Richard Kraus toll-free at 1-800-235-6019.

Dade City

So far it's a good year for tourism

Pasco County is off to a great start this year, as far as tourism goes. Based on a month-to-month comparison of bed tax collected, the county saw the most tourism business in January since 1999, collecting $62,381. In February, the county took in $85,716, its fourth-highest February collection on record. Tourism revenue is measured by comparing the same month in different years. Eric Keaton, the county's tourism policy coordinator, said good weather and lower gas prices early this year were largely the cause of the increase in the numbers.


Triathlon party will make a splash

Athletes Who Care will host the annual Triathlon Kick-Off Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the home of Val and Steve Thomopalos, 2206 Yachtclub Terrace, Land O'Lakes. Participants are invited to swim Bell Lake in anticipation of the local upcoming Babes and Bums Sprint Triathlon and Tri-Fever Youth/Adult Novice Triathlon in August. Both events benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and are co-sponsored by the Pasco Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call Val Thomopalos at 813 833-7518 or e-mail Information is also available at www.athleteswhocare .com.

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