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Belleair Bluffs man charged in Wachovia Bank robbery

BELLEAIR BLUFFS

Man arrested, charged with armed robbery

Authorities have arrested a man they say robbed a Wachovia Bank on Tuesday. Daniel Lewis Rogers, 34, of Belleair Bluffs, was taken into custody on a charge of armed robbery about 2 p.m. Wednesday as he left a home at 110th Terrace and Ridge Road in Largo, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Officials said Rogers went into the bank, 2515 West Bay Drive, about 9 a.m. Tuesday. He approached a teller with a note, implied he had a gun and ran away with cash, they said.

PALM HARBOR

Man accused of molesting girl, 14

Elliott P. Hamilton, 21, accused of giving drugs to a 14-year-old girl and luring her into sexual acts, was arrested Tuesday at his home at 2436 Oakbend Drive, No. 814. He was charged with two counts of felony lewd and lascivious battery. Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said they suspect Hamilton might have other victims. According to the Sheriff's Office, the parents of the 14-year-old reported her missing between Wednesday and Friday of last week. The girl, who was not identified because of the nature of the crime, returned home on her own and told her parents that she had been at Hamilton's home . While there, she said, he had engaged her in oral sex, and, on a separate occasion, sexual intercourse. Detectives said Hamilton met the girl recently through a mutual friend. According to an arrest report, Hamilton gave the girl drugs, though the type was not specified. On Wednesday, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Countywide

April 30 deadline to pick new school

Pinellas parents who would like to request a different school for the 2010-2011 academic year may do so through April. The district's student assignment open enrollment period began Monday for those seeking to switch their child from their assigned school. There will be a limited number of seats available this year because of class size and requirements of No Child Left Behind, according to district officials. Students do not lose their current seat by requesting another school. To participate, log into the Student Reservation System on the district website, pcsb.org , using your family's user ID and password. A user ID and password can be obtained at any nearby school. For more information, call (727) 588-6210 or visit pcsb.org.

Clearwater

Airpark open house features astronaut

Astronaut Nicole Stott of Clearwater will be the featured guest at the Clearwater Airpark's annual open house May 1. The event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature a ceremony honoring Stott, followed by activities for kids and discounted airplane and helicopter rides. Attendees will also have a chance to see various aircrafts up close. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be handed out. For more information, call (727) 443-3433.

Belleair Bluffs man charged in Wachovia Bank robbery 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:26pm]
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