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By Times Staff Writer
Published January 17, 2008


NEW PORT RICHEY

Teen remains hospitalized from shooting

A 16-year-old shot Tuesday evening at a house in Moon Lake remained hospitalized Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to figure out how it went down. Russell Litten was hanging out with three other kids in the garage of a house at 11916 Boca Grande Ave. on Tuesday evening, Pasco sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said. A small-caliber rifle went off and hit Litten in the stomach, Tobin said. He ran to his home a few blocks away on Bounty Street and was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he remained in stable condition Wednesday, Tobin said. A hospital official would not release any information because of Litten's age. Detectives are still trying to determine if the shooting was accidental or intentional, and who fired the rifle, Tobin said. Witnesses have given conflicting statements, he said.

Pot found growing in two houses

Inside Steve Koulouvaris' two houses off Ridge Road, narcotics investigators found lights, fertilizer and transformers. Also, 383 marijuana plants. The houses are less than a mile apart, on Tanglewood Drive and Dantel Road. County and sheriff's records show Koulouvaris, 45, lives in Dunedin but owns both houses in Pasco. Koulouvaris was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with cultivation of marijuana. He was released later that day after posting $5,000 bail.

Empowerment advocate to speak

Ephren W. Taylor, a national advocate of economic empowerment, a modern civil rights movement tenet, will speak today at Pasco-Hernando Community College's 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture. The first will be at 10 a.m. in the performing arts center on the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road. The second will be at 7 p.m. in Building E, Room 130, on the Dade City campus, 36727 Blanton Road. Each presentation will last about an hour, including time for questions. The lectures are free and open to the public. School and organization groups are welcome. For information, contact PHCC's call center at 1-877-TRY-PHCC.