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Pasco County residents dealing with flooded roads

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Pasco County residents are dealing with flooded roads all over the county.

  • Officials keep watchful eye on Anclote River, expected to rise
  • US Highway 19 among roads affected

In Port Richey, four lanes were down to two on U.S. Highway 19 because of heavy flooding. Pasco County Fire Rescue was out Saturday evening assisting drivers who were having trouble.

Massachusetts Avenue just west of Congress Street also saw quite a bit of flooding.

Bay News 9 followers on Twitter reported flooding at Little Road and Jasmine Boulevard and New Port Richey South Road.

According to county officials, other roads that were closed included: U.S. Highway 98 at County Road 54 in Lumberton; Gator Lane at Hilda Ann Road in Crystal Springs; Jasmine Boulevard in Port Richey; Old Dixie Highway at Sea Ranch in Hudson; and Green Key Road at Channelside Drive in New Port Richey.

There were also dangerous driving conditions on State Road 54 in Ellfers.

Officials are keeping an eye on the Anclote River, which was expected to continue to rise.

Pasco County residents who want to report flooding or storm-related damage should call 727-847-2411.

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September 3, 2016 |

Electrical fire knocks out power at Pasco County hospital

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An electrical fire has knocked out power to most of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

  • Patients being transported to other hospitals
  • Pasco, Hernando fire crews respond to scene

Pasco County officials said a statewide mutual aid request has been sent.

Pasco and Hernando fire crews responded to the scene. Officials said the fire started in a generator room.

About 20 patients were being transported to other hospitals. There are nearly 300 patients who may need to be evacuated, and officials said critical patients would be evaluated first.

Forty ambulances were on the way to the hospital to help, some of them as far away as Orange County.

The fire was because of a wiring issue and was put out.

No further information was released.

Stay with Bay News 9 on-air and online for updates.

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August 31, 2016 |

Pasco County residents deal with heavy rain, are wary of flooding

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Monday brought pouring rain to the Bay News 9 viewing area, and one county that was hit hard by flooding last year is trying to prevent it from happening again.

  • Residents placing sand bags at homes, businesses
  • County trucks move water throughout day
  • Area dealt with major flooding last year

People have been preparing since the weekend, picking up hundreds of sand bags just in case it floods.

"I waited too long last time, so this time I tried to do it a little bit earlier," said resident Jonathan Stratton.

Stratton lives off Moog Road — he picked up 23 bags Monday. "Just basically putting the bags in front of my garage door, because once it comes in the garage it comes into the house," he said.

As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, no homes had been flooded. County trucks were moving water throughout the day. One in Port Richey was pumping 6,000 gallons of water per truck load.

"The trucks, they’re helping, but it’s just an ongoing battle," said resident Joshua Beardmore.

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Beardmore said that last summer, the water got into his home. Fortunately it was only up to his driveway Monday.

The county is monitoring several areas in case things get worse.

Mary Jane Monaco of Hudson prepared Sunday. "I got water, some food, obviously animal food that was my first priority to get them set," Monaco said.

Monaco prays the rain will hold off and that she won’t have to dip into her supplies.

"I don’t know what we would do if it floods," she said.

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August 8, 2016 |

Veteran’s home damaged in Hillsborough County fire

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A Hillsborough County veteran lost his truck and much of his home to a fire early Sunday morning, authorities said.

  • Fire broke out at home located on Falkenburg Road
  • Firefighters arrived to find a pickup truck, home on fire
  • The homeowner was not injured

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. to a fire in the 4500 block of Falkenburg Road in the Sabal Park area.

When firefighters arrived, they found a pickup truck and part of the house on fire.

The homeowner, a veteran, was at home at the time but was not injured. No one else was inside the home.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire without incident.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the homeowner.

The Hillsborough County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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July 17, 2016 |

Man attacked by alligator in Sumter County

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A man was airlifted to a hospital after he was attacked by an alligator in Sumter County.

The 58-year-old man was attacked by the gator while along County Road 311 in Bushnell Tuesday evening.

The 8 to 9 foot gator injured the man’s right leg.

He was airlifted to Ocala Regional. No word on his condition.

Florida Fish and Wildlife confirms the gator was captured and euthanized.

No word on what happened that led to the attack.

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June 21, 2016 |

K-9 Repo with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office got his man

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A Citrus County K-9 had quite an adventure Friday night.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Repo traveled through multiple yards and wetlands, encountered neighborhood dogs and leaped over fences, all to apprehend a man who was accused of strangling his girlfriend.

  • Aviation and K-9 units were deployed
  • Suspect was accused of strangling his girlfriend
  • K-9 Repo found the suspect hiding under a truck, deputies say

The suspect, Shawn Collins, reportedly fled through the back door of his residence when officers arrived. After backup came, the sergeant on the scene chased him and attempted to make contact, but Collins continued to run.

Aviation was involved, but it was K-9 Repo and his handler Deputy Indorato who reportedly found Collins hiding under a truck.

“It was not a wise decision for Collins to run,” said Sgt. Cregg Dalton, who was first on scene. “The air unit, K-9 Deputy Indorato and his K9 Repo, the Tactical Impact Unit and multiple Alpha 1 East units were involved in this apprehension and we all worked as a team. We caught the suspect, helped the victim, and thankfully, everyone in the agency went home safe.”

Collins faces multiple charges, including fleeing and eluding, felony domestic battery by strangulation.

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May 28, 2016 |

Deputies: Man kills wife, 2 children and self in Seminole County

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A man stabbed and ran over his estranged wife and two medical professionals before eventually killing his two young children and himself following a domestic-related rampage overnight in Seminole County, deputies said.

  • Henry Raymond Brown, 30, stabbed and ran over his estranged wife
  • Brown then picked up his 2 children and opened fire at Sanford hospital
  • Brown killed 2 children and then himself along I-4 in Seminole County

The incident began around 10 p.m. at a Chili’s along Lake Mary Boulevard.

Chericia Brown, 31, was attacked and seriously injured by her estranged husband, 30-year-old Henry Raymond  Brown, in the parking lot of the restaurant.

Deputies said Henry Brown waited in the trunk of Chericia’s vehicle for her to come out of the restaurant and then stabbed her. He left the scene and returned moments later in his vehicle and ran over the woman, as well as two medical professionals who were rendering aid to Chericia Brown.

Chericia Brown was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where she later died.

Deputies said Henry Brown fled the scene and went back to an apartment complex in Altamonte Springs, where he changed vehicles and picked up the couple’s biological children, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, from a babysitter.

At about 12:25 a.m., Henry Brown arrived at Central Florida Regional Hospital in an attempt to locate Chericia, deputies said.

Seminole County deputies and Sanford Police confronted him. Brown and law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire inside the hospital, but no one was injured after shots rang out inside the hospital, deputies said.

Brown fled the hospital and got onto I-4, where he was located by deputies within minutes. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle with stop sticks.

When the vehicle slowed to a stop, deputies found Henry Brown and both children dead inside. Investigators believe Brown killed his children at some point after picking them up and then he committed suicide in his vehicle and law enforcement officers prepared to apprehend him.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred at the hospital.

One of the medical professionals who rendered aid to Chericia Brown remains in the hospital. The other person has been released.

This is a developing story. Check back and refresh the page for the latest updates.


The incident began with a stabbing at a Chili’s located off Lake Mary Boulevard. (Jason Hughes, Staff)

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April 18, 2016 |

Tampa Bay Weather: Hail blankets parts of Polk County

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Here’s what you need to know about the Tampa Bay area’s weather for Friday:

  • Scattered showers, thunderstorms still expected
  • Highest rain chances in northern counties
  • Low temperatures in mid to upper 60s

Severe thunderstorm movin over parts of Polk County, bought hail, wind and lightning Thursday evening.

The earlier strong storms have died down and moved out of the area. There will still be some scattered showers overnight into Friday morning.  Morning lows will bottom out in the 60s again. There could be some areas of patchy fog early in the morning but it will burn off quickly after sunrise.

Friday will feature partly sunny skies with a 50 percent coverage of scattered storms. The storms again will tend to develop along the sea breeze and then drift inland and eastward as the day progresses into the evening. Some of them will be severe with strong winds and large hail.

High temperatures will top out in the low to mid 80s.

There will be some lingering storms into Friday evening, but most of them will die down by midnight. Friday night lows will be in the 60s.

There will still be a chance for some scattered storms Saturday afternoon but Sunday will be drier and less humid after a front passes through.

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April 14, 2016 |

Pasco County extends deadline for storm debris removal

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Pasco County is extending the storm debris removal deadline to give residents additional time to clean up from last week’s tornadoes.

Pasco County Crews will now begin picking up storm debris in affected areas on Wednesday, April 13. Residents are asked to collect storm debris only, and to place debris between the sidewalk and the street for pick-up no later than 7:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Branches should be piled separately from things like metal, and debris should not be on the roadway or sidewalk.

The storm left a trail of debris from homes and businesses along a narrow path stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to just east of U.S. 19 in Port Richey early last Wednesday morning.

For more information, call Pasco County Customer Service at (727) 847-2411 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Disaster Assistance at 211 evenings and weekends, or toll-free at (877) 828-8929.

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April 11, 2016 |

Tarpon Springs man dies in motorcycle crash in Pasco County

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A Tarpon Springs man died after a crash in Pasco County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened on Friday just after 6 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Leonard Road.

Terry Dillard Jr., 24, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle southbound on U.S. 41. According to troopers, that’s when a Ford SUV traveling eastbound on Leonard Road attempted to turn left onto U.S. 41. and traveled into the path of Dillard’s motorcycle.

Troopers said Dillard attempted to avoid a collision with the SUV, but the front of his motorcycle hit the left side of the vehicle.

Dillard was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North where he was pronounced dead. Troopers said he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The driver of a Ford SUV, Jason Lombardi, 27, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North for minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol said charges are pending in this case.

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April 2, 2016 |

MCAT to offer service to Pinellas County starting April 1

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Starting Friday, April 1, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will begin limited express service between Bradenton and St. Petersburg through its MCAT Connexion.  

Officials say the first bus daily will depart from the DeSoto Station starting at 9:00 a.m., and should arrive at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital/Medical Center by 10:15 a.m.  A return trip departs at 10:40am.

A second run to St. Pete starts at 2:00 p.m. and returns at 3:40 p.m. 

William Steele, Transit Manager for MCAT, worked with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) to create the new Skyway Connexion Limited Stop Express.  He says his twenty years working for PTSA helped to build this collaboration. 

"They’re open to the inter-county service because it serves a market that they’d like to fulfill, as well," said Steele.

Steele goes on to say the new service across the Howard Frankland Bridge opens job opportunities, shopping, and services to MCAT Customers they could not reach previously.

For additional information on the new Skyway Connexion Limited Stop Express Service, visit the MCAT Website.

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March 30, 2016 |
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