The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County is working with community partners to provide COVID-19 testing throughout Pasco County. It is recommended that people call facilities prior to going for testing to ensure they meet any guidelines required by the provider. Here is a list of current COVID-19 testing sites for PascoContinue Reading

United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that Samuel Friedman (47, Pasco County) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. According to the plea agreement, Friedman owned andContinue Reading

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1061, expanding Florida’s new aquatic preserve about 800 square miles along the Gulf Coast, its first new aquatic preserve in over 30 years. This bill creates the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which will protect approximately 400,000 acres of aquatic habitat stretching from Pinellas CountyContinue Reading

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) recently celebrated the start of construction of its new Trinity Cancer Center. When complete in early 2021, the 37,000 square foot facility will include radiation oncology and next-generation PET/CT imaging technology along with 27 exam rooms and 52 chairs for chemotherapy and other infusions.Continue Reading

A driver in Holiday jumped the curb, raced through a yard and into the side of a house on Elkhorn Boulevard early Sunday morning, just missing residents, Shari and Rodney Bizier, asleep in their bed. Bay News 9 tweeted about the incident, including a photo from their coverage: “Not quiteContinue Reading

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health has announced eight new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida, including three in the Tampa Bay area: A 68-year old male in Nassau County has been identified as positive. This person is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until clearedContinue Reading

Pasco County health officials issued a rabies alert for the southwest region of Zephyrhills due to a raccoon testing positive last week. The raccoon was tested after it attacked an owned dog the previous day. The dog was recently vaccinated against rabies and has been placed on observation. The recentContinue Reading

The New Port Richey Police Department detailed the case surrounding the battery charges against Andrew Chickoree for inappropriately touching female patients during sleep studies. Chickoree, 52, of Pasco County, Florida, just north of Tampa, was arrested Tuesday on one count of sexual battery and another count of battery after womenContinue Reading

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are reporting that a mobile home fire in Florida, killing Cynthia Brace, was deliberately set by the woman’s husband, Edward Brace, as part of a murder suicide scheme. Cynthia Brace, 61, died in the March 3 blaze at 5916 Penny Royal Road, while her husband EdwardContinue Reading

Florida Highway Patrol has identified the Zephyrhills man killed after a pickup lost control and crashed into some trees off of U.S. 301 near SR-56 as Derrick Beers. Beers, 23, died after the 1998 Chevrolet Model 1500 pickup hit the tree-line after two overcorrections, leaving thr road’s east shoulder andContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Ryan J. Fluke (28, Port Richey) to 21 months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a police helicopter. Fluke pleaded guilty on November 20, 2018. According to court documents, the offense occurred on December 5, 2017, around 10:50 p.m., whenContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County has issued a rabies alert. This is in response to an owned animal being exposed to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. All residents and visitors in the Meadow Pointe area of Wesley Chapel should be aware that rabies is presentContinue Reading