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Burglars hit 11 businesses, cut phone lines

By SMORSEN
Published May 16, 2007


LAND O'LAKES

Pasco deputies are investigating 11 burglaries at stores along U.S. 41 in Land O'Lakes and along a strip of State Road 54. In most of the cases, the burglars pried or broke open front doors. They also shut off circuit breakers and cut phone lines. The Sheriff's Office asked that anyone with information about the cases call the tip line at 1-800-706-2488.

You're invited to show a pond love

Volunteers will gather Saturday to mark an anniversary and give some TLC to a local pond. The cleanup is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lazy Duck Pond, on Leonard Road off U.S. 41 in Land O'Lakes. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will mark the first anniversary of the Adopt-A-Pond Pasco group, which works to improve the looks and quality of local lakes, ponds and streams. Those who want to help Saturday should bring gloves, a hat, bottled water and a shovel. For information on the event or the group, call Jane at (813) 929-0114 or Sue at (813) 505-1735.

Senator's staffers coming to help

Representatives from U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez's office will be in Land O'Lakes on May 24 to help people with federal programs including Medicare, Social Security and veterans benefits. They will be available from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. they'll be at Citrus County's Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W Sovereign Path, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hernando County Administrator's Office, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Man accused of taking utility pole

A man was charged with grand theft on Monday for making off with a 40-foot aluminum utility pole, authorities said. A police report said the pole, on U.S. 19 near Marine Parkway, had been knocked over in a car crash and was scheduled for repair. But about 7 a.m. Monday, someone told authorities that a man was cutting up the light pole with a hacksaw. An officer found him with the pole in sections protruding from his van, the report said. Curtice Lee Rogers, 46, of 5011 Sunburst Lane, New Port Richey, was arrested; the charges also included criminal mischief. He was held Tuesday in lieu of $3, 000 bail. The report said he planned to sell the pole as scrap.