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Deputy's grim duty ends dog's suffering

Published January 5, 2007


Nikita lay on a blanket in pain, her hind legs useless. Crying, Virgil White recounted how he found his beloved Rottweiler Wednesday night, lying in the road in the Moon Lake area, her back broken after being run over. An animal hospital said it could not help her. Only one man, White decided, could.

"Please put her down for me," the sobbing White asked Pasco Sheriff's Deputy Robert Haugh. Haugh got permission from a supervisor to fire his weapon. Haugh had everyone step away. He drew his pistol and fired one round into Nikita's head. Then he helped bury her.

The Sheriff's Office says Haugh is trying to find a dog to replace the one White lost.

"This guy (Haugh) was excellent," White said. "He really was."

Key hearing is today in Couey case

Prosecutors filed court papers Thursday arguing that incriminating statements made by John Couey in the death of Jessica Lunsford are clearly admissible at trial.

It sets up a showdown in court today before Circuit Judge Ric Howard, who made the crucial ruling last year to strike Couey's confession the night of his March 2005 arrest.


Ex-fire chief kicks off campaign for mayor

Touting the need for more than "cosmetic" changes in the city, Aria Green announced plans Thursday to run for mayor against incumbent Pam Iorio - the woman who hired him as Tampa's top fire official and later forced him to resign.

Iorio asked for Green's resignation as Tampa Fire Rescue chief in 2004, amid talk of a no-confidence vote by the firefighters union. He had spent just a year and a half on the job.

Iorio kicked off her re-election campaign on Wednesday.

Marion "Serious" Lewis, a Tampa police captain, also has announced plans to run.


'Beyond the Game' radio host dies at 71

Jim Karvellas, who was the radio voice of the Baltimore Bullets during the 1960s and '70s, died of prostate cancer Monday at his daughter's home in Wesley Chapel. He was 71.

Mr. Karvellas also hosted Beyond the Game, a weekly syndicated radio show based at WDAE-AM in Tampa.

[Last modified January 5, 2007, 01:25:38]

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