Robbery scene DNA is linked to man in custody
A man who cut himself during a flower shop robbery in September was charged with burglary Monday after police were able to identify him through DNA testing of his blood, according to an arrest report. Michael H. Salvatore, 47, of 2115 Palm Way, Apt. B, Largo, was being held without bail on another charge Tuesday afternoon in the Pinellas County Jail. According to the arrest report, Salvatore smashed a window to get inside Sharon Flowers at 1587 S Highland Ave. on Sept. 25. He left a trail of blood from the window to the cash register, from which he stole $100, Clearwater police said. Police sent a sample of the blood for testing and it matched Salvatore, police said. It was unclear Tuesday why Salvatore's blood was already entered into the database, but he has an arrest history in Pinellas County dating back to 1983. Salvatore was already in jail on charges of petty theft and retail theft from an arrest Dec. 12.
Read the book, join the discussion
The Clearwater Main Library will host the Scholar's Choice lecture and discussion series beginning this month. Discussion books are available at the library now. The first book discussion will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 featuring The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Dr. Phillip Sipiora, professor of English at the University of South Florida, will lead the lecture and discussion. The second book discussion will beat 2 p.m. Feb. 2 and will feature Lord Byron: The Major Works. For this lecture, please read Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan. Dr. Maryhelen Harmon, retired associate professor of English at USF, will lead the lecture and discussion. The third book discussion will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and will feature The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. Dr. Nancy Jane Tyson, associate professor of English at USF, will lead this lecture and discussion. The Clearwater Main Library is at 100 N. Osceola Ave. For more information, call (727) 562-4970.
Feel inspired by artists at work
The Institute for Creative Arts, 968 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, is hosting an open house Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and watch artists creating works with metal, leaded glass, gem cutting and polishing and through photography. The gallery and showroom will also be open to the public. For more information call Bill Coleman at (727)-433-2300.
Thrift store offers twice the deal
Sophia's Attic Thrift Shop, located in Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., is holding a buy one/get one free sale Monday through Jan. 14. The thrift shop offers a wide range of gently-used merchandise, including women's and men's clothing, jewelry, art, collectibles and books. Sales benefit Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation programs and help provide scholarships for those in need. Call (727) 771-6000 or visit phrec.org.
The Palm Harbor Citrus Festival will be March 10-13. An item seeking competitors for the festival's Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars event that ran Dec. 26 had incorrect dates.