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Digest

Development is a builder favorite

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 3, 2007


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LAND O'LAKES

Connerton, a 4, 800-acre development, took six awards at the 2007 Pasco Building Association Parade of Homes Awards. Connerton, developed by Terrabrook, was named the overall best community of the year. It also snagged top awards for best neighborhood entrance, best community master plan, best community streetscape, best community amenities and best environmental sensitivity program. The "new town" eventually will have 8, 500 homes.

SPRING LAKE

Man shot at grove has not woken up yet

Jim Oleson remains in critical condition a week after he was shot during an armed robbery at Boyett's Grove and Citrus Attraction, a relative said Wednesday.

Oleson lost consciousness shortly after he was shot in the chest April 25.

"We're a long, long, long way from being out of the woods, " said L.E. Boyett, Oleson's father-in-law.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the armed robbery continues.

A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said deputies are pursuing a number of leads.

TAMPA

Firefighter is fired after menacing talk

A veteran Tampa firefighter has been let go after officials said he threatened to physically harm a superior.

Paul Sanzone worked for Tampa Fire Rescue for 17 years before being fired on Tuesday.

Several co-workers complained that Sanzone repeatedly made threatening statements to them about the city personnel director.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Bill Wade said that Sanzone, 45, recently returned to work on light duty after about a year on Workers' Compensation for a back injury.

In January, Sanzone was referred to counseling and evaluation after he allegedly made threatening comments to the Workers' Compensation staff, Wade said.

"It doesn't matter what his beef was, " said Wade. "You can't threaten people with harm or death just because you don't like the way you're being dealt with. This is a serious matter and was handled in a very serious way."

Tampa Fire officials take immediate action against someone who demonstrates the potential for workforce violence, in part because of past history, Wade said.

On Aug. 4, 1981, fired Tampa firefighter Anthony Louis D'Arcangelo walked into the Zack Street headquarters and began shooting. He killed District 1 Fire Chief Franz Warner and wounded two others.

"This department is sensitive to that issue, " Wade said. "We will protect our employees the best way possible."

[Last modified May 3, 2007, 01:07:50]


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