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Sergeants opt to join in a police union

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 9, 2007


ZEPHYRHILLS

The police department's four sergeants voted unanimously this week to form a union. Last year, the department's 22 patrol officers and detectives voted to form a collective bargaining unit after months of complaints about staff shortages, low pay and mandatory overtime, as well as dissatisfaction with the top brass. The department is represented by the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association. City Manager Steve Spina said Tuesday that the vote by the sergeants was expected.

DADE CITY

City manager interviews set

Interviews with candidates for the city manager job will be at 3 p.m. today and Thursday in the City Hall annex. David Denman, James Gallagher and Frank Thomas will be interviewed by commissioners today, and Susan Boyer and Richard Reade will be interviewed Thursday. The interviews are open to the public.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Son indicted in mother's slaying

Ryan Joseph Young is accused of smothering his multiple sclerosis-stricken mother, Donna Young, to death as she lay in bed April 17. A grand jury indicted Ryan Young, 24, Tuesday morning on a charge of first-degree murder. At first the defendant told the authorities he found his mother unconscious. But in a later statement, authorities say, Young admitted he entered his 52-year-old mother's house looking for jewelry to pawn. Surprised to see her there, the son said he held a pillow over her face for a minute, then tried to make it look like someone had broken in, authorities say. Young, of 7005 Potomac Drive in Port Richey, was arrested April 18. He is being held without bail in the Pasco County jail.

HOLIDAY

Summer art camps signups under way

The Pasco Arts Council, 5744 Moog Road (behind Centennial Park Library) is accepting enrollments for the Children's Summer Arts Camp program. Children 6 to 8 and 9 to 12 are welcome to explore a variety of media including pottery, sculpture, drawing, stamp art, painting and printmaking, or study famous artists and draw inspiration from their techniques. Nine four-day minicamps are being offered between June 4 and Aug. 13. In addition to Children's Art Camp, there is a selection of summer art classes in various media available to teens (13 and over) and adults. All classes have limited enrollment. For information, go to www.pascoart.org or call the Pasco Arts Council at (727) 845-7322. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.