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Teen Stabbed to Death at Meadow Pointe Clubhouse

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a Zephyrhills High School sophomore who was fatally stabbed after an argument Friday afternoon, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said. Cleave Gittens was arrested in the stabbing death of Tuvarrion Sirmons during …

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New and improved roads coming soon to Wesley Chapel area

Check out this great article from the Tampa Tribune, written by  Laura Kinsler.  The story highlights some upcoming improvements to the Wesley Chapel area, partially as a result of the efforts of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (Wesley Chapel, Republican). Please leave you comments below: …

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Soldier surprises Wesley Chapel family for Thanksgiving

Check out this great Thanksgiving story from WTSP.com: Wesley Chapel, Florida— Parents and children. They’re the ties that bind, and a family united the most desired gift for the holidays. But for the Blanco family, Thanksgiving would be incomplete. Jorge Blanco was absent. The Army …

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Inaugural Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot

Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Morning?  Check out the first ever Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot, a 3.1 mi Run in Wesley Chapel, FL at the Wiregrass Mall. Here is the info from the race’s website: Walk-Up Registration You can still walk up and …

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Wesley Chapel Teenage Girl Stabs Woman Over Road Rage

A 21-year-old woman is recovering from stab wounds to her shoulder and abdomen following a road rage incident in New Port Richey Wednesday night. Ariana Gaton, 19, of 29443 Allegro Drive, Wesley Chapel, is now facing aggravated battery charges. Pasco County deputies say Gaton got …

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Early Morning Traffic Crash in Wesley Chapel on I-75

ABC Action News is reporting that two southbound lanes on Interstate 75 were reopened just south of S.R. 56 after a crash involving three vehicles, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Reports say the accident is prior to the I75/I275 split in Wesley Chapel, …

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Wesley Chapel freshman crowned State Swimming Champion

Abbey Duncan didn’t have a crowd of Wesley Chapel teammates cheering for her as she took the top spot on the podium to receive the gold medal for her victory in the 200-yard freestyle. Only two Wildcats qualified for Saturday’s Class 2A state championship swim …

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Wiregrass Baseball Complex in Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco County closed on 138 acres of donated land in the area known as Wiregrass Ranch. The land, with an estimated value of $8.7 million, was given to the county by prominent landowners the Porter family on the condition that it be used …

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New PHCC Campus in Wesley Chapel to Host Information Sessions

Story Via Lutz/Laker News – Three sessions have been scheduled to provide information about Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, a new satellite campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College that is scheduled to open in January. The Porter Campus, which is under construction at Mansfield Boulevard and State …

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Local Man Wanted for Child Pornography

The following is a post from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page: This is 18 year old Jose Sailor, from the Wesley Chapel and Tampa area. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office holds an active warrant for his arrest in reference to Transmission of Child Pornography. Please …

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Land O Lakes Man Ran Over Crossing Road

A 71-year-old man was killed Monday night after, troopers say, he stepped into the path of a truck on State  Road 54. The truck, driven by John Charles Ward, 32, of Wesley Chapel, was headed eastbound in the center lane of State Road 54. As …

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New Wesley Chapel Tax Collector’s Office Announced

Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano agrees with his predecessor, the late Mike Olson, that Wesley Chapel needs its own tax collector office. But he won’t be building a costly new facility with a private driving course. Fasano announced Tuesday he will lease an 8,400-square-foot building …

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Shops at Wiregrass Fall Fair 2013

Come out the Wiregrass Mall to enjoy carnival style rides, a giant Ferris Wheel, Fun Games, Entertainment and more! Oct 31st – Nov 10th at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. For some photos about past Fairs at Wiregrass Mall, …

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Final Fresh Market at Wiregrass for 2013

The Fresh Market at Wiregrass features 50+ vendors located in the heart of the shopping center on Paseo Drive.  Expect to find a variety of Local, Certified Organic, Hydroponic and Conventional Produce, Florida Grown Plants, Herbs and Flowers, Organic Garden Food/Supplies, Locally Made Take-Home Foods such as …

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Man falls from plane in Wesley Chapel

A man is dead after falling out of a plane during an air show in Land O’ Lakes, officials said. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office the man fell from the plane during a maneuver at the Festival of Flight near the top of …

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Meadow Pointe III & IV Community Garage Sale

The Meadow Pointe III and IV Community Garage Sale will be held this Saturday, October 19th starting at 8:00 AM and will run through 2:00 PM.  The event is open to the general public.  Please be safe, drive slow, and watch for children.     …

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Wesley Chapel Murder Suspects Arrested

Two Pasco men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Wesley Chapel man. Joseph James Berenguer, 27, and Matthew Brian Tillman, 25, both of 6300 Tulip Drive, Wesley Chapel, are charged with first-degree murder. The pair were arrested Monday night at …

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Chevy of Wesley Chapel Coming Soon

According to plans filed with the Pasco County’s DRC, a Chevrolet Dealership will now be joining the collection of other dealerships on State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. The proposed Chevy Dealership will be just across the street from Lexington Oaks on Wesley Chapel Blvd. …

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McDonalds near the Grove to be rebuilt…

According to plans filed with the Pasco County, the McDonalds at Oakley and State Road 54 (near the Grove Shopping Center) is asking permission to tear down it’s existing building and build a brand new 5981 square foot restaurant. The new McDonalds plans show a …

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New Schools coming to Wesley Chapel and surrounding area

WESLEY CHAPEL — New school construction in Pasco County, dormant for the last few years, is about to kick back into high gear. The school district is planning an accelerated-construction schedule over the next three years that would include a combined middle and high school …

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Great Weather this Weekend

Wesley Chapel residents hoping for a nice, sunny weekend so they can enjoy the outdoors are in luck. “You couldn’t ask for much better weather,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew McKaughan. Rain chances throughout the weekend are scant, McKaughan said, and highs aren’t quite …

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New psychiatric facility opens in Wesley Chapel

Check out this article from the Tampa Bay Business Journal: “North Tampa Behavioral Health has opened its new, 75-bed psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facility on a 16-acre campus in Wesley Chapel. The private, 53,000-square-foot facility offers inpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient care and …

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Breaking News: Shooting in Wesley Chapel Area

10:31 PM – According to local media outlets , law enforcement officers are responding to a possible shooting in the Wesley Chapel area that just occurred. Details are very limited, and this page will be updated as information becomes available. Please check back soon for …

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Classical Preparatory School Launches Website

Land O’ Lakes, FL – Classical Preparatory School, a new charter school which will be located in Land O’ Lakes and open in the fall of 2014, recently launched its website – www.classicalprep.org.  The website serves as a resource for information about the school’s program, including FAQs and …

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ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon Dogtoberfest at Wiregrass Mall

The Shops at Wiregrass presents the 5th Annual ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon Dogtoberfest October 20th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at The Shops at Wiregrass, a celebration all about your best friend!  Doggie costume contest, doggie obstacle course, and on-site pet adoptions from various Tampa Bay area …

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Job Posting: Barns and Noble Bookseller

Position: Bookseller Barnes & Noble is looking for people with vision and energy to help us in our quest to change the future of reading. We are the world’s largest bookseller and one of the world’s fastest growing digital media and consumer technology companies with …

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New Businesses coming to Meadow Pointe Plaza

There are three new businesses coming soon to the Meadow Pointe Shopping plaza located at the intersection County Line Road and Mansfield Blvd in Meadow Pointe Two. 1.  Dolce Gelato & Crepes Café 2.  Pro Martial Arts 3.  Swim School Comments

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Local Scam Warning from Pasco Sheriff

WESLEY CHAPEL – The Pasco Sheriff”s Office posted the following Statement on their Agency Facebook page. This happened to one of our citizens–please read how the scam is conducted so you are not a victim. A suspect dressed as a delivery driver will knock on …

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Wesley Chapel woman charged with child

A Wesley Chapel mother was arrested Sunday night and charged with child abuse following an incident the previous day. Devika Niccole Frazier, 35, was released from the Land O’ Lakes Jail Monday after posting $5,000 bail. At 8:30 p.m. Friday, Frazier was at her Balmoral …

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Cross country: Wiregrass moving up in class

Wiregrass Ranch High has been the Pasco County cross country scene the last five years. The boys team won Sunshine Athletic Conference championships three of the last four seasons and top district honors in four of the last five, while the girls have won five-straight …

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About Time: Northbound I-75 switched to new lanes

The Florida Department of Transportation has good news for Interstate 75 commuters in Wesley Chapel. Those who travel on northbound I-75 between State Road 56 and County Road 54/State Road 54 should notice three lanes now open. The traffic was switched to this permanent alignment …

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Wesley Chapel Burglary Spree Stopped

Posted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office: The Pasco Sheriff’s Office arrested Ramon Junior Rivera, 24, for multiple felonies including business burglaries, auto burglaries, grand theft and criminal use of personal ID. The District 2 Property Crimes Team investigated multiple business and auto burglaries in the …

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Cooler weather in Wesley Chapel around the corner

Forecasters are predicting another solid week of highs in the 90s and afternoon storms, but a change is on the way. New Tampa residents feeling like they’re trapped in Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day” when it comes to weather only have to hang on a few more …

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Bridgwater Community Garage Sale Fall 2013

We just received word that the Bridgwater Community will be hosting it’s community wide garage sale on September 28th.  Bridgwater residents will have their garage sales set up all morning, with the event kicking off in the early AM.  According to residents, many members of the community plan to participate …

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Seven Oaks Community Garage Sale Fall 2013

We just received word that the Seven Oaks Community will be hosting it’s community wide garage sale on October 5th from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Seven Oaks residents will have their garage sales set up in their driveways, with the community gates opening at …

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History of Wesley Chapel

The following article appeared in the Tampa Tribune on Sept. 19, 2003. By CAROL JEFFARES HEDMAN WESLEY CHAPEL — It was nicknamed “Gatorville,” and it wasn’t because residents were University of Florida fans. Gatorville was one of several early names of the area that today …

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Tampabay.com starts charging for online news

Would you pay for your news online? The Tampa Bay Times hopes you will. In a statement released on September 12th, the CEO tells online news readers they will now move to a paid subscription based website, meaning those who want full access to tampabay.com, …

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Pasco blanks Wesley Chapel 35-0

Dade City, Fl – A few hours before the start of the Wesley Chapel at Pasco high school football game, heavy rain and lightning put on an amazing show. Once the game began, Malik Johns stole the show, scoring four touchdowns to lead the Pasco Pirates (2-1) to a 35-0 victory over …

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Remember 9/11

[quote_left]This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward …

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County Fails to Raise Gas Tax

DADE CITY — Pasco drivers will catch a break at the pump after county commissioners Tuesday were unable to muster enough votes to approve an increase in gas taxes. Commissioners debated raising the tax by 5 cents, then proposed a 3-cent or 2-cent hike when …

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City Grill opens in Wesley Chapel

We are welcoming a new restaurant that replaced the old “Winner’s Grill” at State Road 54 and Bruce B. Downs. The new Gastropub features a game room, large wine selection and an interesting menu with foods such as: Cuban Cigars, Spicy Ahi Poke Tartar and Golabki! Phone:  813.973.9988 According to the …

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County to Vote to Increase Gas Tax by 5 Cents Today

Wesley Chapel, Florida — A major vote is set to take place Tuesday that will affect every driver in Pasco County as commissioners weigh a proposed gas tax hike. The move would bring in millions for work on the county’s increasingly crumbling and overgrown road …

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Two Suspects Stab “Snitch” to Death in Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL — Two men face murder charges in the stabbing death of a third man in an altercation alongside Interstate 75 discovered by an off-duty deputy Saturday night. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office learned of the killing when the deputy, driving south on I-75 …

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Kids eat free at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Sundays

Wesley Chapel area families looking to save when dining out may want to try Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. The Pasco eatery offers a kids-eat-free deal on Sundays for children ages 12 and younger. The offer is good for one free kids meal from the children’s menu …

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“FL54Xpressway” Project Proposed Free to Tax Payers

Jerry Stanley has spent 45 years building highways and bridges in Florida. Today, he’s the $2 billion man. That’s the estimated cost to build an elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor linking Wesley Chapel to the New Port Richey-Holiday area. Stanley’s International …

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Sheriff’s Office employee fired and arrested

Land O’Lakes, Florida — A nurse who worked at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is accused of illegally accessing the work email accounts of several employees, including Sheriff Chris Nocco. Investigators say 24-year-old Diedre Devonne Fitzgerald used a laptop in the nurse’s station to access …

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Minor Channel Changes on Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks today announced that a few networks will change channel locations in its Pasco County (Wesley Chapel) service area. Beginning August 7 2013, Bright House Networks will make the following changes to its channel lineup: Pasco County • Bay News 9 will move …

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Wesley Chapel Man charged in Hit and Run of Bicyclist

LAND O’ LAKES — Additional charges have been filed against a Wesley Chapel man in a week-old hit-and-run case that left a 14-year-old bicyclist critically injured, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Nathan Wayne Young, 52, of 6946 Old Pasco Road, was arrested Monday on charges …

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Why Does My Dog Eat His Food Away from His Bowl?

It can be a peculiar sight: After you put food in your dog’s bowl, he takes a mouthful, walks across the room, drops it onto your carpet and then munches away. And he repeats this curious ritual until his chow is all gone. It doesn’t seem …

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Schools in Wesley Chapel to see changes this year

A new school year usually brings new initiatives, and 2013-14 is no exception in the Pasco County School District. Among some of the more notable changes: Senior projects High school seniors won’t be required to complete senior projects, ending a decadelong annual assignment that had …

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Wiregrass baseball complex negotiations start

WESLEY CHAPEL FLORIDA – Blue Marble Strategic founder James Talton had his first meeting with Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker to begin serious negotiations for a proposed $34 million baseball complex contract at Wiregrass Ranch. “We had a good conversation with Jim, but nothing hardened …

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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel #1 in State

According to US News and World Report, Florida Hospital, the chain of hospitals that include our new Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel has surpassed Tampa General to become the Number One Hospital System in the State of Florida! We here in Wesley Chapel are happy to …

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Unusually high wind speeds cause Damage in Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL – Several local media outlets are reporting that residents of the Wesley Chapel area experienced unusually high wind gusts during a storm that hit the area on Tuesday July 17th.  According to WSTP.com, Amber Holbin of Wesley Chapel shared the above photo with …

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Pasco Sheriff’s Office is Hiring

If you want to join the fight against crime in Pasco County, the sheriff’s office wants to hear from you. The agency has a number of positions open right now, including detention deputy posts for those with law enforcement certifications. Don’t want to wear a …

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Wesley Chapel’s Mike Bryan wins Gold at Wimbledon

Bob Bryan (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.) and Mike Bryan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) became the first mens doubles team in the Open-era to hold all four major titles along with an Olympic gold medal after winning the mens doubles final at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, held …

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Tropical Storm Chantal threatens Florida

Fast-moving Tropical Storm Chantal is expected to sweep across a string of islands over the next few days and could bring nasty weather to South Florida by the weekend. The southern third of the state is in Chantal’s forecast cone, but the National Hurricane Center …

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Wiregrass High Student Arrested for Child Pornography

From ABC News: WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – After taking a picture of two teens involved in a sex act and sharing the image with others, a 15-year-old girl was arrested, accused of possession of child pornography. “This is a very serious offense, and could have negative …

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New Exoskeleton Cast in Development

It usually goes like this. You break your arm. You get a big plaster cast. Your friends sign it and draw on it. You invest in chopsticks in an attempt to get at the never-ending itches hiding beneath. Designer Jake Evill has a better idea. …

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Funnel Clouds Spotted in Wesley Chapel

Storms in the Tampa Bay area Sunday brought plenty of rain and a couple of funnel clouds. One funnel was spotted near Land O’Lakes, and another was reported in Wesley Chapel on Sunday (6/30/13) morning. The Wesley Chapel funnel dropped out of the clouds about 5:30 …

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Will Weatherford nixes health care cash for Medicaid

Reiterating his opposition to expanding Medicaid, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said in an interview with a South Florida television station that lawmakers should not meet in a special session on the issue. “I think it’d be a big mistake to call a special session. …

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