A Wild Hog Hunt, a Close Call for the Sheriff's Wife and More on Patch Last Week
Here’s a look back at some of the week's news and features.
1. Sheriff Gee's Wife Out of Hospital Following Crash -- It was a close call for the wife of Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee last Thursday. Rhonda Gee sustained only bumps and bruises after a car driven by Dover gang member Raul de Alejandro, plowed into her car at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Lithia-Pinecrest Road. De Alejandro had just been in an altercation with the clerk at the Hess gas station at that intersection.
2. Newsome Seniors Bid Farewell to High School --School's out for 490 Newsome High School seniors who graduated May 31 at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Were you there? Upload your photos and congratulations to Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch.
3. New Details in Riverview Teacher's Relationship With Student --Chung Ramos, 29, admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student and resigned her teaching position at Riverview High School. Officials learned of the affair when a school district employee saw a text message that made reference to the relationship. An ex-girlfriend of the male student confronted Ramos through a Facebook message, according to the report.
4. Valrico Soldier Busted on Child Porn Charges -- A U.S. Army soldier from Valrico was arrested by federal agents on child pornography and obscenity charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday in a media release. Thomas K. Meyer, 42, who was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, allegedly engaged in sexually explicit chats with a 15-year-old Pennsylvania girl and an undercover detective in Kentucky whom Meyer thought was a 13-year-old girl.
5. Food Delivery Service Offers Local, Organic Products -- Renee Watley of Riverview has come up with an alternative for busy families who want to eat healthier. She created A Simpler Place in Time, a business that delivers locally-grown, organic food to homes in Riverview, Valrico, Bloomingdale, Brandon and Lithia.
6. Feral Hogs Put Wildlife Department to Work -- The United States Department of Agriculture is waging war on wild hogs wandering through the FishHawk Ranch Community Development Districts. Last month the USDA began patrolling the area and setting traps to capture the hogs, which tear up landscaping by rooting for food, threaten humans and pets with their razor-sharp tusks and even carry several diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
7. Anti-Bullying Film to Be Presented at AMC Regency 20 -- Here's a must-see film for teens and parents. Starting June 1, the award-winning film, "Bully," will be shown at the AMC Regency 20 Theatres, 2496 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon. As a special promotion, groups of 10 or more will be able to buy special-pricing tickets at the box office for $5 per person. In addition, Kid's Packs of Popcorn will be priced at $4 for this movie only.
8. FishHawk Road Runners Present Scholarships -- Two teen runners have an additional $1,000 for their college careers thanks to the FishHawk Road Runners. The running club presented scholarships to runners Cormac McCarthy of Bloomingdale High School and Michael Babinec of Riverview High School.
9. What to Do When a Hurricane Approaches -- June 1 was the start of the hurricane season. To help residents prepare, Patch put together a series of articles containing valuable information.
10. War Widow Chairs Brandon's Patriotic Parade -- For the second year, Riverview widow Marie Cain chairs the annual Brandon Fourth of July Parade. Cain is president of the Suncoast Chapter of the Gold Star Wives of America.