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Ex-quarterback sentenced to probation
By Times Staff Writer
Published February 1, 2008
Issac Johnson has a history of getting second chances. His latest came Thursday when Pasco High School's state title-winning quarterback avoided prison and was sentenced to two years' probation for a 2007 charge of possession of marijuana. Johnson is best known for what happened to him the night before Pasco beat Tampa's Jesuit High 28-16 for the 1992 Class 3A championship. Johnson was arrested before the title game on a long-outstanding warrant for violating his probation on a robbery charge. He was freed in time to play, but he has been in and out of legal trouble in the years since and lost a scholarship opportunity at Florida A&M University. In court on Thursday, Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa warned Johnson that if he violates his probation this time, the 34-year-old father of five will not avoid a prison sentence. Johnson could get up to five years behind bars if he lets this chance go by.
Day of Percussion set for Saturday
Attention music lovers: Wesley Chapel High Band will host a Day of Percussion at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. This showcase is free and open to the public. Zephyrhills High School band will host a Big Band Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the activity center at the school, 6335 12th St., Zephyrhills. The dance is open to the community and will feature classic big band tunes from the greats such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Cost is $7 per person, $12 per couple.