Jury convicts Trilby man in store robbery
A jury convicted 28-year-old Morris Standifer on Wednesday of robbing del Carmen Mexican store at gunpoint on Nov. 16, 2006. Authorities said he went into the store on Seventh Street, pointed a gun at the clerk and yelled at her to open the cash registers. He made off with a wad of money but police found him a few minutes later hiding under a house. This week's trial was the third try for Standifer, who on the morning of his trial in June cut his own wrist with a pen in the courtroom. Attorneys were unable to seat a jury on their second attempt to go to trial. Standifer, a Trilby man who has already been to prison twice, could face life in prison when he is sentenced in January.
Woman arrested in check theft case
A 22-year-old woman is accused of stealing a check from her 78-year-old grandfather, then conning a friend who drives an ice cream truck to cash the check for her. Christie Rae Ogden, of 1238 Flotilla Drive in Holiday, was charged Tuesday with uttering a forged instrument. She was already in jail on charges of habitually driving with a suspended or revoked license, possession of controlled substances and violating her probation. Ogden stole the check from her grandfather on Nov. 5 and wrote it out for $350, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Then she told a 26-year-old ice cream truck driver that she would give him $20 if he took her to the bank and cashed the check, the report said. The bank teller pretended to cash it but instead called authorities, as there had been problems with Ogden stealing her grandfather's checks in the past, the report said. Ogden remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $8,763 bail.
No raise this year for firefighters
Pasco firefighters approve a one-year contract that preserves their 10 paid holidays but brings no raise this year. Story, Page 5
The new Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter is located at 11611 Denton Ave. An item in Wednesday's paper gave an incorrect street address.
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