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Port Richey man's arrest on child porn charges raises major concern


Port Richey, FL -- There is major concern on several levels following the arrest of a Port Richey man on child pornography charges.

As part of a joint task force called "Operation Safe Childhood," Kenneth Dempsey, 52, was arrested at his home when agents traced dozens of images of children having sex to his computer.

"He just seemed very odd," recalled neighbor Joy Lance.

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Pasco County expands boundaries for rabies alert


ZEPHRYHILLS, Fla. (AP) - Health officials in Pasco County are expanding the boundaries for a previously issued rabies alert.

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County says this is in response to a raccoon found outside of the previous boundaries testing positive for rabies. A statement says all residents should be aware of the alert and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.

Sun West Park under construction


The old Sun West Mine, given to Pasco County 1986, is finally getting new life.

"From the far side of the lake all the way down through here is all beach, " Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano says a mile beach and enough sand to make 40 beach volleyball courts, that are already attracting interest.

"The AVP tour wants to come here in September and bring 8,000 participants to play in a beach volleyball tournament here," Mariano says.

Pasco makes it easier to get a new birth certificate


New Port Richey, Florida -- If you've ever tried to renew a driver's license or a state ID, you know a birth certificate is essential.

But if you don't have one handy, Pasco County is making it a little easier to get a new one.

"We are constantly striving to make it as easy as possible for our customers to comply with the needs of the federal mandates regarding identification," says Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano. "Additionally, a customer may need a copy of their birth certificate for various other purposes."

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Teen dies after Pasco County crash


Pasco County, Florida -- A 16-year-old boy is dead and three others are injured after a crash in Pasco County.

Kevin Monaco was driving a Dodge Caravan with three students from Ridgewood High School just before 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon when he failed to negotiate a curve near Forest Lake Drive. As a result the van left the roadway, collided with a tree and then caught fire.

TRAFFIC: I-75 exit to SR 56 to close Wednesday night

Wesley Chapel, Florida -- FDOT will close Exit 275 on southbound I-75 to State Road 56 (weather permitting) from 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 to 4:00 a.m. Thursday, March 6.

DETOUR: Use Exit #279, turn left and go east on County Road 54, then turn right and go south on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to State Road 56).

SEE ALSO: Pasco commissioner to hold town hall on SR 54/56 corridor

Legally blind woman sues nudist condo association over service dog

Lutz, Florida -- A local Pasco County woman has been battling with the courts for years to get her case heard. And now after a recent court decision, she is able to move forward with a discrimination lawsuit against Paradise Lakes Condo Association in Lutz where clothing is optional, but the size of your pet is not.

Sharon Fowler has had her faithful companion Laura by her side for 2-1/2 years. Fowler, who is legally blind, got Laura through Southeastern Guide Dogs Services and needs her to get around.