+ HART considers alternative solutions
Following petitions from Plant City residents, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit leaders are considering an alternative proposal for Route 28X, the only public bus route from Plant City to Tampa.
Instead of eliminating the route, HART will consider reducing the route from two daily buses to one. This recommendation was presented to a HART finance committee Monday. It will then be presented to HART’s board in August.
If approved, the new schedule would begin in November.
+ Plant City man dies in weekend crash
A 27-year-old Plant City man was killed in a weekend car crash.
According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, at about 2:30 a.m. July 14,
Nicholas Sheldon Shakes was traveling southbound in his 2009 Mercedes C300 on James L. Redman Parkway. He turned left onto eastbound Trapnell Road in front of a northbound 1997 Ford F-150 driven by Jonathan Wesley Forbes, 21, of Plant City. Forbes crashed into the passenger side of Shakes’ vehicle. Both cars came to a rest at the northeast corner of the intersection.
Shakes died at the scene. Forbes was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
+ Deputies discover weapons cache in Dover
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered last week a stash of weapons and water behind a trap door in a Dover home.
According to Sheriff’s Office reports, at about 10:07 a.m. July 10, deputies responded to 13325 Lewis Gallagher Road, Dover, in reference to shots fired.
The suspect, Lee Roy Maxwell, pointed a rifle and fired three rounds at the victim. The victim did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident. Maxwell admitted firing the weapon.
In clearing the residence, deputies discovered guns, water for a long stay and a cubby hole behind a trap door within the residence.
+ Chamber seeks help for teacher event
The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is seeking help for its annual New Teacher Coffee at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16, at the Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Hall, 303 N. Lemon St.
The chamber is seeking cash donations, small gifts and school supplies for goodie bags for every new teacher. The chamber expects about 150 teachers at this year’s event. For more information, call Administrative Coordinator Amy Nizamoff at (813) 754-3707.vzlom2014.ru