Teen charged as an adult in June shooting

Published August 2, 2007


Just 17 years old, Vito Paul Cito III could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The State Attorney's Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice have charged the New Port Richey juvenile as an adult in connection with a June shooting rampage that left two men hospitalized. Cito could get life in prison if convicted of two counts of first-degree attempted murder for the June 3 shooting, which occurred outside a Port Richey Checkers restaurant. He pleaded not guilty to those and other charges at his arraignment Tuesday. Prosecutor Mary Handsel said Cito was charged as an adult because of his age, his prior juvenile criminal record and the seriousness of these latest charges.

PHCC board elects chairman

Irvin Homer of Spring Hill has been elected chairman of the district board of trustees at Pasco-Hernando Community College. Homer, a retired school administrator and teacher, also serves on the boards of Hernando County Head Start and Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition. He was named citizen of the year by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in 2003. The vice chairman will be Thomas Weightman of Dade City, former superintendent of the Pasco County schools and former chief executive officer of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.


New teachers invited to brunch

New teachers are invited to a "Welcome to Pasco" brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Grand Pavilion at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way. The brunch, hosted by the Pasco Education Foundation and the Pasco County School Board, will serve as a new teacher orientation and provide an opportunity for educators to speak with members of the business community. Superintendent Heather Fiorentino will speak at the event, which is being sponsored by Wachovia and the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University.


Romney to hold an open forum

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign in the Tampa Bay area Monday, holding a town hall-style meeting that is free and open to the public. The former Massachusetts governor's "ask Mitt anything" event starts at 5:30 p.m. at La Teresita Restaurant at 3246 W Columbus Drive in Tampa. The campaign is asking people to RSVP toll-free at 1-866-701-2079 or FloridaRSVP@MittRomney com. Romney will also be in Daytona Beach and Melbourne on Monday.


Danielle Marie Heath, the worker accused of stealing jewelry from a homeowner who needed bathroom repairs, is employed by Parthenon Restoration and Remodeling of New Port Richey. A story Wednesday, based on information from the Pasco Sheriff's Office, said Heath worked for another company. That company had subcontracted some work to Parthenon.