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It took rescuers two hours and digging with a backhoe to rescue Taffy the poodle from a storm drain. (City of Port Richey)

Watch a small poodle in a tiny orange sweater get freed from a drain in Port Richey (w/video)

PORT RICHEY — It was scary to be Taffy the dog on Wednesday morning. No, not even the orange sweater the 15-year-old poodle was wrapped in to keep him from the chill at 6 a.m. was enough to protect him from the elements. "I was out in the yard with him," said his owner Wesson Williams, 78. "I turned my back for one …

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  1. Deputy uses stun gun to stop Pasco man attempting to flee drug arrest

    Crime

    Pasco County deputies used a stun gun Wednesday night to stop a Hudson man who attempted to flee a drug arrest after he was pulled over for running a stop sign.

    Pasco County deputies used a stun gun on March 22, 2017, to stop a Hudson man who attempted to flee a drug arrest after he was pulled over for running a stop sign. Crews for the Spike TV show "Cops" were filming a segment as a deputy's body camera documented the arrest, which occurred around 11:50 p.m. after 34-year-old Cameron Ajax Jones was pulled over at Oakley Avenue and U.S. 19 in Bayonet Point. [Pasco CountySheriff's Office]
  2. Trigaux: A peek at the plentiful paychecks of 25 Tampa Bay executives

    Corporate

    Workplace pay may be showing some slight signs of life but, for the vast majority of workers, wages have remained pretty flat in recent years.

    Former TECO Energy CEO John Ramil
[SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]

  3. Urban farming takes root in New Port Richey front yards

    General

    NEW PORT RICHEY — "That's Broccoli George's. He started his in 2010," Jim Kovaleski says, walking by 5649 Virginia Avenue.

    Jim Kovaleski, a self-proclaimed urban farmer, picks fresh produce from his mother's front yard on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New Port Richey. Kovaleski, who splits his year living in a small cracker style home along Virginia Avenue in New Port Richey and a tent near the Maine shoreline, is part of the growing New Urbanism movement. Kovaleski says that New Port Richey has cheap land, low taxes, free compost, an urban agriculture ordinance and a free year-round farmers market. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
  4. FHP: Driver sought in hit-and-run that seriously injured Wesley Chapel motorcyclist

    Accidents

    The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who seriously injured a Wesley Chapel motorcyclist in a hit-and-run crash on Thursday morning.

  5. If it's spring, it must be Chasco Fiesta time

    Events

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Elsewhere, the start of spring might conjure up visions of tulips and cherry blossoms. In these parts, the return of Chasco Fiesta is a sure sign that things are about to heat up.

    The Chasco Fiesta includes the longest-running boat parade in Florida.
  6. Pasco sheriff: Holiday man spends thousands at strip club after swindling disabled woman

    Crime

    HOLIDAY — First he cajoled her to move in with him from out of state.

    William Tide spent more than $9,000 of Maryanne Andersen’s money at a strip club, officials say.
  7. New Port Richey grant program targets commercial redevelopment

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The city is embarking on a new grant program through its Community Redevelopment Agency in an effort to spark large-scale redevelopment of its aging commercial real estate stock.

    New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe said the grant program will give the city another option in its toolbox.