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Sheron Pasco, 39, relies on the help of her mother, Tranda Webb, 62, as she recovers from the burns covering her body.CHRIS URSO | Times

Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire

PORT RICHEY Sheron Pasco sat in the wheelchair as her mother pushed it toward the man in the orange jail suit. His name was John Riggins, her former boyfriend. More than a year ago, he doused Pasco with gas as she lay in bed and flicked on a lighter. She still remembers him telling her to burn. On Friday, he stood  …

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  1. Port Richey man burned, 13 dogs killed in explosion that destroyed home

    Public Safety

    PORT RICHEY — A man suffered serious burns and a dozen of his dogs were killed when his house exploded and caught fire Sunday night as he was fueling an electric generator, Pasco County Fire Rescue said.

    A Port Richey man suffered serious burns and a number of dogs were killed when his home exploded in flames Sunday evening as he was fueling a gas powered electric generator in the garage, fire rescue officials said. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  2. Marina at Hudson Beach poised to become 24-unit condominium-hotel

    Business

    HUDSON — One of the mainstay businesses at Hudson Beach is poised for redevelopment into a 24-unit condominium-hotel.

    The owners of Skeleton Key Marina in Hudson have filed preliminary plans with Pasco County to redevelop the site into a 24-unit condominium-hotel.
  3. Have your say Tampa Bay on the region's future transit options

    Mass Transit

    TAMPA — It's time, yet again, for Tampa Bay residents to tell officials what kind of transit options they want for their region.

    The Cross-Bay Ferry docks at the Tampa Convention Center on its maiden voyage on Nov. 1, 2016. A regional premium transit study will determine whether a ferry, or other options such as express buses or light rail, would be a good addition to Tampa Bay. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  4. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

    Roads

    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]
  5. Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire

    Criminal

    PORT RICHEY

    Sheron Pasco sat in the wheelchair as her mother pushed it toward the man in the orange jail suit.

    Sheron Pasco, 39, relies on the help of her mother, Tranda Webb, 62, as she recovers from the burns covering her body.
  6. Man arrested after authorities say he left kids in hot car at Publix

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A Wesley Chapel man faces charges of child neglect after authorities say he left three children in a vehicle in the afternoon heat while he went into Publix to buy diapers.

    Oladele Iyunade
  7. Florida's unemployment rate in July remains steady at 4.1 percent

    Markets

    After four consecutive months of decline, Florida's unemployment rate is leveling out. The state's jobless rate was 4.1 percent in July, the same as June according to state figures released Friday.

    Florida's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in July, unchanged from June, state figures released Friday said. Pictured is a job fair. | [Times file photo]