Sandy, popular 3-legged pooch, dies at age 13
Sandy the three-legged pooch, a "cover girl" on several Pasco Libraries calendars and posters and a frequent visitor at Hudson Regional Library story time, died Wednesday. The terrier-poodle mix was a bit of a canine celebrity, appearing on a poster that won the American Library Association's national poster contest in 2006 for most original design. In fact, companion Linda Bragg said, Sandy's proudest moment was when an image of her poster was featured next to one of President Barack Obama on an advertisement for the ALA's software that was used to create the posters. Sandy was also the inspiration for a children's book, Tripod Sandy: A Three Legged Dog Tale, written by Bragg, the Pasco library system's public relations specialist. Sandy maintained a "can-do" attitude even after losing one leg as a puppy after being hit by a car. She suffered a seizure earlier in the week and died at home. She was 13.
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Probation for wife who forged deeds
Denise Randall, who was accused of forging a man's signature on deeds while he lay dying, pleaded guilty Thursday to uttering a forged instrument. Authorities said Randall, 58, signed the name of her boyfriend, Peter Derro, on documents giving her ownership of Derro's car, all of the furnishings in his house, his bank account and five years of residency in his Beacon Woods home on Meadowbrook Lane. But Derro's children said the signatures didn't look like his and contacted the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, which determined Randall signed them while Derro was in a coma before his death in June 2009. Randall was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Republican Club will meet March 10
Property Appraiser Mike Wells will be the guest speaker at the March meeting of the Wesley Chapel Republican Club. The group will meet at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Hyundai Dealership, 27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd., 1 mile west of Interstate 75. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Denise Randall, the woman convicted of forging documents giving her control of a dying man's bank account and belongings, was dating the victim. The original version of this story incorrectly described the relationship.