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No injuries as SUV slams into Port Richey home

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There were no injuries early Wednesday when an SUV slammed into a Port Richey home causing extensive damage. 

  • SUV crashes into Port Richey home
  • No injuries in crash
  • Crews to determine if home is structurally sound

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 23-year-old New Port Richey woman lost control of her 2000 Ford Explorer in the 9200 block of Greenbriar Lane just before 1 a.m. 

The SUV hydroplaned on the wet road and crashed into the house. Troopers did not say what caused the crash but did say it was raining at the time and the woman was driving too fast for the conditions. 

There were no injuries to the driver or her passenger. 

No one inside of the home was hurt as they were in the other side of the home at the time of the crash.

The driver was cited for driving too fast for the wet conditions and not having proof of insurance. Officials have not said if she will face charges in the crash.

Engineering crews responded to the scene later in the morning to survey the damage to determine if the structure is sound. There is no word yet on the results of their tests. 

Bay News 9 – news

September 14, 2016 |

Port Richey neighborhood hit hard by flooding

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Almost 30 roads are affected by the flooding in Pasco County. Some are completely shut down.

  • Flooding affecting almost 30 roads
  • Port Richey hit particularly hard
  • Residents say permanent solution is needed 
  • Previous story: Pasco residents weary of flooding

One Port Richey neighborhood has been hit particularly hard, off Ironbark Road. Residents say the retention pond floods every year.

Rain is usually a peaceful sound, but not for Jennifer Leatham.

“Last night was kind of rough. I went to bed around midnight, and I didn’t think I was going to be able to sleep hearing the rain come down," said Leatham.

Leatham’s now going on two days where water is inching towards her home in Port Richey.

“Once it wraps around the house, it comes through all of the walls."

Leatham would know, as her home has been flooded twice.

"It got into the house last year, and four years ago we had to do a complete re-model. It was about three feet high in the house," she said.

The county increased the pond size that sits in front of her home several years ago, but unfortunately it hasn’t helped much.

Natasha Ray has learned over the years when to get ready.

“You got to prepare. I got to make sure I have a safe place for my kids, a safe place to go, and put everything up in our house, make sure nothing gets damaged," said Ray.

County trucks have been pumping water out, but residents say it’s just a band aid.

“It’s a temporary fix. We need a permanent solution, we can’t keep dealing with this multiple times a year," said Ray.

The county has brought in additional trucks to continue pumping in the area but it says it knows this is a temporary solution and is considering buying property in the area to create additional retention ponds.

Bay News 9 – news

August 9, 2016 |

Police: Man on scooter hit, killed by drunk driver in New Port Richey

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A man was killed Saturday after a drunk driver crashed into his scooter while fleeing the scene of another crash, according to New Port Richey police.

  • Marc Boysen chared with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash
  • Police say Boysen crashed into a scooter after fleeing the scene of another crash
  • The scooter driver died instantly

Marc Thomas Boysen, 43, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

Police say Boysen was traveling westbound on Main Street approaching U.S 19 shortly after midnight.

Boysen crashed in the back of a car stopped at the intersection, according to police. He left the scene of that crash and then collided with a scooter.  The driver of the scooter was killed instantly, police say.

Boysen fled the scene with the man still on the hood of his car.  He sideswiped a another car while traveling north in the southbound lanes.

Police say Boysen entered the parking lot of a Winghouse before hitting a parked car.  The crash caused the victim to be thrown from the hood of the car.  Bystanders at the restaurant rushed to the scene. They pulled Boysen from his car and held him until police arrived, according to authorities.

He was booked into the Pasco County Jail.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Bay News 9 – news

July 24, 2016 |

Red light cameras coming down in New Port Richey

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Another Tampa Bay city is weeding out red light cameras. The cameras have been the subject of controversy for years.

  • City of New Port Richey removing red light cameras
  • Residents say cameras has changed behavior
  • Four cameras are coming down

New Port Richey plans to remove nearly half of them Sunday at midnight.

Red light offenses and crashes at intersections is actually going down in New Port Richey. Police Chief Kim Bogart says it can be attributed to a few different factors.

“Either driver behaviors have changed or the layout of US 19 had changed enough to where I feel there isn’t a need for the cameras at those locations," said Chief Bogart.

Residents who admit they don’t like the cameras even said its changed their behavior.

“I stop for them all the time you know, you know they’re there, once you know they’re there everybody’s going to pay attention to it," said resident, Bob Simon.

Red light cameras have been up in the city for five years. The number of citations have gone down so much at some intersections, four are coming down.

“One camera was producing less than a citation a day," said Chief Bogart.

At $ 4,500 a camera a month, the city decided to ax it.

Five cameras will remain. For example, the camera at Main Street and US 19. It averaged 463 citations a month in the last year.

Even so, some residents would like to see them all taken down.

“I don’t like them because they’re an intrusion of privacy, somebody wants to get me at the red light he should be at the red light," said resident, James Agett.

The city just signed a one year contract extension with American Traffic solutions for the five cameras Chief Bogart says are doing good for the city.

Bogart added, recidivism for red light cameras within the past five years is at 10 percent.

Bay News 9 – local-news

June 19, 2016 |
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