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Animal services bags it's limit on feral cats

By TIMES WIRES
Published June 2, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Pasco County Animal Services put out the call, and you responded. Operation Cat Snip, the county's first-ever event to sterilize and vaccinate feral cats, has reached the maximum number of animals it plans to take. The county announced Friday that it has already registered residents willing to catch as many as 100 cats for the June 17 event. (So please, they ask, stop calling.) Those residents will get humane traps from the county to catch the cats and bring them in. Once the cats are spayed or neutered, the residents will be responsible for returning the cats to the place where they were captured.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Forward-thinking residents needed

Want a say in what the city should look like by 2020? Residents are invited to comment Tuesday on the latest draft of the city's updated comprehensive plan. An open house, where city planners will be available to answer questions, runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 5919 Main St. At 7 p.m., the City Council will hold its first hearing on the plan at its regular meeting. Comprehensive plans cover items such as future capital improvements, downtown redevelopment and proposals for bike trails in the city. For information, contact city planner Lisa Fierce at (727) 853-1038.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Steele's cousin is jailed, out on bail

Nathaniel Vanzant, the cousin of convicted killer Alfredie Steele, wound up back in jail this week. Vanzant, 27, of Lacoochee, was speeding down U.S. 301 Thursday evening, according to a sheriff's report, and drew attention because of heavy tinting on the windshield of his Dodge pickup and an expired tag. When Vanzant pulled over, passenger Keith Earl tossed a .38-caliber handgun under the truck, the report says. Vanzant then gave the deputy a false name, later admitting he did so because his driver's license had been revoked. The deputy also found a plastic bag full of marijuana in the truck. Vanzant, who famously recorded Steele confessing to the 2003 murder of Pasco sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison, has previously served time for several battery charges. He was booked Friday on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, marijuana possession, giving a false ID to an officer and habitually driving with a suspended license. He posted $16, 000 bail and was released.