NEW PORT RICHEY
Woman accused of defrauding grandmother
A 38-year-old woman is accused of racking up $22,205 on her 81-year-old grandmother's credit cards and stealing $1,600 from her checking account — all to support her prescription drug habit, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Dawn M. Perry, who lived with her grandmother on Carmel Avenue in the Seven Springs community, was arrested Tuesday. She faces multiple charges of forgery, uttering a forged instrument and fraudulent use of a credit card. The thefts happened in January and February. Perry told deputies she stole her grandmother's blank checks and used her credit cards to support her addiction to Oxycodone and Roxicodone pills, documents state. Perry remained Wednesday in the Pasco County jail with bail set at $46,150.
Census Bureau to host 2 job fairs
The U.S. Census Bureau will hold two job fairs in west Pasco this weekend to recruit more temporary, part-time workers to help conduct the 2010 Census. The fairs will run Saturday and Sunday at Regency Park Civic Association Clubhouse, 10240 Regency Park Blvd. in Port Richey (one block east of U.S. 19), and TAT Civic Association Clubhouse, 3210 Darlington Road in Holiday. A 30-minute test will be given in Port Richey at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days, and in Holiday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. both days. Applicants should arrive at least a half-hour before the test to fill out an application, or visit 2010CensusJobs.gov to complete and print an application and I-9 form online. There is a Census practice test on the Web site. Applicants should bring a current passport, driver's license or other government-issued photo ID, as well as their Social Security card or certified state-issued birth certificate. Veterans should also bring a copy of their DD-214, and disabled vets and their spouses should bring a copy of their VA award claim letter. To register or for information call (352) 277-3080.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Recreation center to close March 5-8
The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center will be closed March 5-8 while crews refinish the gymnasium floors. The pools, activity rooms and fitness center at 6630 Van Buren St. will re-open on March 9. The gymnasium will stay closed until March 13. For information call the Recreation and Aquatic Center office at (727) 841-4560.