Irene Cara death: Hollywood celebrities pay tribute to ‘Flashdance’ singer
Hollywood celebrities paid tribute to Oscar-winning singer Irene Caras on Saturday, whose death was announced by her publicist late Friday. Irene Cara sang New York City’s song. “Goodbye Irene Cara. 😞Goodbye Irene Cara. Rest in love #IreneCara pic.twitter.com/YgujEzR3Wo — Lesley-Ann Brandt (@LesleyAnnBrandt) November 26, 2022Omg, I can't believe Irene Cara is no more.wftv.com
Police search for baby velociraptor stolen from museum exhibit
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A life-size baby dinosaur disappeared from a museum exhibit in Florida, and police are searching for the thief who took it. >> Read more trending newsThe animatronic baby velociraptor was taken from the Museum of Archaeology, Paleontology & Science, a representative for the museum told WFLA. The exhibit is described as containing more than 100 life-sized dinosaurs and dragons, as well as labs, shows and rides. The baby velociraptor is valued at approximately $6,000 and is described as weighing approximately 60-80 pounds and is 8 feet long and 4 feet tall, officials told Bay News 9. A museum representative told WFLA that officers with the New Port Richey Police Department canvassed neighborhoods and put out an alert to be on the lookout for the dinosaur.wftv.com
‘Don’t shoot me’: Masked man kills woman in front of kids at Florida home
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — (AP) — A woman in bed with her two young children was fatally shot early Tuesday during a home invasion that a Florida sheriff described as a “targeted” hit. The knock awakened a woman who was sleeping on the couch in a front room, the sheriff said. As she got up, a masked man kicked the door in and pointed a gun at her, Nocco said. The man went to a bedroom and flipped the light switch, Nocco said. As she sits up she says, ‘Don’t shoot me.’ The suspect then fires one round at her.wftv.com
Officials: Child hospitalized after being stabbed in the chest by catfish in Florida
Catfish: What you need to know (NCD)NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla — A child has been hospitalized after they were stabbed by a catfish in the chest, according to fire officials. >> Read more trending newsPasco County Fire Rescue said a child is in serious condition after they were stabbed by a catfish in the chest. The mother was on the way to the hospital when the child started having a hard time breathing. PCFR said that once fire crews arrived, they listed the child as “trauma alert.” The catfish barb was in about 1 to 1.5 inches in the child’s chest, according to PCFR. The child was airlifted to a Tampa hospital for treatment, according to WTVT.wftv.com
Florida driver crashes into neighbor’s home after accidentally pressing gas pedal
Unwanted vehicle: A woman accidentally drove her vehicle into her neighbor's home on Saturday morning. (Florida Highway Patrol)NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — This wasn’t very neighborly. >> Read more trending newsA Florida woman hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes on Saturday morning, driving her truck into a neighbor’s home across the street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A New Port Richey homeowner has quite a mess to clean up after a neighbor drove a pickup truck into their residence Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Photographs taken by the Florida Highway Patrol showed the vehicle completely inside the home, creating a large hole in the front of the structure, WFLA-TV reported.wftv.com
Fearing tips could get lost, sheriff halts Facebook comments
The agency has some 300,000 followers on Facebook and about 131,000 on Twitter, in a county with 583,000 residents. In a Facebook post on Monday, Sheriff Chris Nocco said they will no longer allow public comment out of fear that the agency could miss “life-or-death" information. "Social media was not designed for that purpose," Sheriff Chris Nocco said the in the post. These posts drew overwhelming comments from people reporting crimes and leaving tips in social media threads. The sheriff also noted the “unfortunate growth in negative and hurtful comments, especially directed to runaways."wftv.com
Florida missing child alert issued for 15-year-old Pasco County boy
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida missing child alert has been issued for a 15-year-old Pasco County boy who went missing Friday. Cody Almengor-Gatica was last seen in the area of Bridgewater Court in New Port Richey wearing a white hoodie and gray jean shorts. New Port Richey police said he is considered missing and endangered. Further details about the circumstances surrounding his disappearance haven’t been released. Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the New Port Richey Police Department at 727-841-4550.
50-foot sinkhole reopens outside Florida sports bar
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Residents in Pasco County are watching a bad situation get worse as a sinkhole continues to grow. The hole first opened up on Jan. 7 outside a popular sports bar in New Port Richey. A company filled the hole to prevent further growth, but it didn’t work and the hole is now about 50 feet wide. Because the hole is on private land, the property owner is now working with a contractor to fill and repair the hole again.
Pasco County's gigantic mystery hole is making a comeback in 2021, because of course it is
click to enlarge Screen capture courtesy Pasco County Fire Rescue/FacebookThe Pasco mystery hole in Oct. 2020, more innocent timesDEVELOPING: A large hole has opened near Varsity Club Sports Bar in New Port Richey. Back in October, a 130-foot-deep depression formed in the same area.https://t.co/mgSnco7tvs📷: Sky 10 pic.twitter.com/QPTeZTBuQf — 10 Tampa Bay (@10TampaBay) January 14, 2021Once again, Pasco County’s insatiable giant hole has returned.Pasco County Emergency Management says a menacing sinkhole near Spring Haven Boulevard in New Port Richey has reopened, and it’s grown about another four feet.The hole, which is now 50 feet wide and 130 feet deep, was previously labeled as a "depression" (ha) when it initially opened in early October alongside the privately owned Varsity Club Sports Bar.On Jan. 7, a sinkhole repair company attempted to fill it in, but just days later material started to collapse back into the hole. County officials are now monitoring the area and one southbound lane of Little Road remains closed.In the meantime, WTSP dispatched their news chopper to inspect the hole.orlandoweekly.com
Parents, teachers cry foul over Florida sheriff’s student database
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Some parents and teachers in the Tampa Bay area are asking for changes in a program used by a Florida sheriff to profile students as potential criminals. In addition, a group of teachers is circulating a petition calling for the sheriff's database of “at-risk" children to be deleted, the newspaper reported. “I know our PTA has some concerns, but I also look forward to filling them in on the wonderful relationship we have with our sheriff’s office,” she said. Alicia Willis, president of the Pasco County Council PTA, called the details of the sheriff's data-driven program “unacceptable and scary." The Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper that about five parents had asked for the records, which were provided after the parents provided their identities.
Florida town fines protesters who use noisy megaphones
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A Florida town has fined people involved in recent racial justice protests thousands of dollars for using megaphones police say violate a local noise ordinance. The Tampa Bay Times reports that officials in New Port Richey have issued 14 citations that total about $4,700 to at least five protesters. The protesters have stopped using megaphones, but they still gather once or twice a week to spread a message of racial justice and protest police killings of Black people. New Port Richey is about 24 miles north of Clearwater. Click here to subscribe to ClickOrlando.com’s Strange Florida newsletter, delivered every Friday.
Stacey Dash arrested for domestic battery
PCSO/Getty Images(CNN) - Stacey Dash was arrested for domestic battery after an incident Sunday night in New Port Richey, Florida, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The "Clueless" actress was taken into custody after an argument with a male, whose name was redacted in an incident report obtained by CNN. The report states that police were called to a home Sunday evening "to respond to a domestic dispute" between the two. Dash was taken into custody and transported to the Land O' Lakes detention facility without incident. She posted bail and was released on Monday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff.
Man struck by lightning on Florida beach dies
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - Police say a New Port Richey man struck by lightning on Clearwater Beach has died. Garry Parks, 32, was hit by lightning Sunday afternoon. Officials said Parks went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a hospital, but he later died. Seven other people nearby police were also hurt by the lightning strike. Witnesses said Parks was walking back to shore with his family when he was struck.
Florida man killed after lightning strike at Clearwater Beach hits him and injures 7 others
click to enlarge Photo via Clearwater Beach Florida/FacebookA Tampa area man has died after being struck by lightning at Clearwater Beach, officials confirmed.Garry L. Perks, 32, of New Port Richey, had been in critical condition following a lighting strike that hit him and injured seven others on Sunday.Perks went into cardiac arrest once the lightning hit him, and was taken to Morton Plant hospital. Three other patients taken there were later released, according to city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.One patient was sent to Tampa General Hospital with burns, and the remaining three refused to be taken to the hospital, city officials said.At 12:30 p.m. that day, lifeguards were told to warn beachgoers of an approaching storm and lighting in the area, according to a statement from city officials.They made several whistle blasts, signaled for all swimmers to leave the water, then raised their double red flag, which means the waters are closed. Afterward, the lifeguards sought shelter, in line with their policy.Perks and some remaining beachgoers were packing up and leaving the beach when the lightning struck at 12:42 p.m., according to witness statements given to the city.Anytime lifeguards clear the water and raise double red flags, beachgoers should leave the beach, according to a city of Clearwater statement. It is also important to be familiar with the beach warning flag system.Perks' death brings the number of nationwide lighting fatalities to 10 this year.Of the nine other incidents, one also took place in Florida. In that case, a 45-year-old man driving his motorcycle on the highway was stuck in Ormond Beach on June 9, according to National Weather Service data Florida tallied the highest number of lighting deaths in the country last year, with 7 of the 20 cases coming from the state.orlandoweekly.com
Bartender drags 84-year-old woman -- caught on tape
Bartender drags 84-year-old woman -- caught on tape New Port Richey, Fla., bartender Patrica Smith is charged with battery after being caught on surveillance footage dragging an 84-year-old woman out of a bar by her arms. Tammie Fields reports.cbsnews.com