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Deputies: 18-year-old murdered his grandmother


He's just a tall, skinny kid, but investigators say tall, skinny 18-year-old Brandon Machetto killed his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, stuffed her body into her SUV, and drove around with it for hours until deputies pulled him over.

"Inside we found Mrs. Schmitt, deceased," said Pasco County Sheriff, Chris Nocco.

Family friend Ron Hall taught Brandon martial arts for almost 8 years and said Brandon didn't start out as a troubled child.

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Family wants "justice" for boy, 9, killed by van last week


Hudson, FL -- The family of a little boy killed after a van veered off the road last week in Land O' Lakes, is now speaking out about the tragedy.

Family hit by van while walking dog


LAND O' LAKES, Florida -- A boy and a dog were killed and several other family members injured after they were struck while walking along a road by a truck Wednesday morning.

Jorge Cruz, 9, was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital where he died from his injuries. His mother, Anita Pallares, 33, is being treated at Bayonet Point. Another son, David Cruz, 7, was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa and is in stable condition .

Mom claims child was left at Pasco bus stop


Land O' Lakes, Florida — A mother claims her son was left waiting at the bus stop for more than an hour.

Melissa Vega put her 10-year-old son, Jayden, on the bus for summer school Tuesday morning, something she says didn't happen just the day before.

"Yesterday he sat at this bus stop for an hour and a half in the heat and the bus never showed up," said Vega.

The mother of two says she dropped Jayden off at the bus stop at 8:05 Monday morning, expecting the bus to be there by 8:20.

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Cadence Bank Family Fun Day event


Cadence Bank located at 4010 Little Road in Trinity is having a Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 21st from 11am – 2pm to celebrate the start of summer.

The event is open to the public and is free to attend. Kids will enjoy a bounce house, face painting, mini golf and kids games, touring a Pasco County Fire Truck, hot dogs and more.

Family of autistic boy slapped on bus hires Jose Baez


Port Richey, Florida -- The family of a child with autism who was slapped by a bus assistant has hired high-profile attorney Jose Baez.

It's video that's hard to watch. A bus aide slapping a child with autism not once but multiple times on June 3.

Three suspects caught in violent Port Richey home invasion


Port Richey, Florida -- A homeowner fought off several suspects by firing a shotgun during a violent home invasion where the suspects beat a couple and threatened a baby. One suspect remains at large.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said that three of the suspects -- Joseph Rich, and brothers Michael Reverdes and Steven Reverdes -- are in custody. Deputies say the targets of the home invasion were cash, prescription drugs and pills during the incident on Gawain Road.