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18 years later, man robs same Pinellas Regions Bank again, deputies say

At the Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists, Kobe is recovering from gunshot wounds inflicted by a sheriff’s deputy.


At the Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists, Kobe is recovering from gunshot wounds inflicted by a sheriff’s deputy.


Robber returns after 18 years, deputies say

A man accused of robbing a Regions Bank on Thursday turned himself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Friday. According to authorities, the man was previously arrested for robbing the same bank in 1991. Donald Cummings, 42, of Safety Harbor faces a charge of strong arm robbery. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 3:43 p.m. on $10,000 bail. Deputies said Cummings went into the bank at 601 Main St. about noon, told a teller he was robbing it and demanded cash. The teller gave him an unidentified amount and the man ran away. Detectives identified the suspect, and he turned himself in Friday. According to the Florida Department of Corrections Web site, Cummings was sentenced for a variety of crimes, including robbery, in 1992. He was released from prison July 10, 2006.


Kobe's surgery put on hold for now

Kobe, a 7-year-old pit bullterrier shot in the right hind leg by a sheriff's deputy last week, did not have surgery as expected Friday. The operation has been temporarily delayed because veterinarians have not determined which procedure will be performed, said John Trevena, attorney for the Clearwater family who owns the dog. Vets at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists are trying to decide if saving the leg or amputating it is best for the dog. Kobe was shot once in the leg and once in the chest by Deputy Dana Persha on May 7 at the home of the dog's owners, Barbara and George Garcia. Persha was assisting a Department of Juvenile Justice officer trying to serve a warrant for the couple's 17-year-old son. Persha fired at the dog because it charged while barking and growling, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said. The family accepted the Sheriff's Office offer of $5,000 to treat the dog.

Next program on job search process

The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., will hold the next installment of its job search series, "Hired! Putting Your Best Face Forward," at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The program will focus on the search process. On May 26, the last program will focus on interview techniques. For information, call (727) 562‑4970.

Tarpon Springs

Repairs will close part of Safford

Safford Avenue between Pine and Live Oak streets in Tarpon Springs will be closed Tuesday through June 16 to complete a manhole restoration project. Motorists should follow local detour signs.

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

18 years later, man robs same Pinellas Regions Bank again, deputies say 05/15/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 15, 2009 9:03pm]
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