Police hunt for robber of Fifth Third Bank
Clearwater police are searching for a man who robbed the Fifth Third Bank, 2710 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. An employee at the bank said no one was hurt during the robbery. The suspect walked into the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash and implying he had a weapon, authorities said. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and ran out the front door of the bank. The suspect was not found despite assistance from a K-9 tracker and a Pinellas Sheriff's Office helicopter. Detectives are reviewing surveillance video, which was not available at press time.
Robber strikes Wachovia Bank
A robber hit the Wachovia Bank branch in Belleair Bluffs on Monday morning and fled with an undetermined amount of cash, Pinellas sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda says. The robbery occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at 2515 W Bay Drive. The robber passed the teller a note and then fled with the cash, Barreda said.
Chess lovers, new club starting up
The Palm Harbor Library will host a new Thursday chess club beginning this week. Jim Martin, a local chess enthusiast, will be on hand to offer guidance to new players. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No reservations required. For information, call (727) 784-3332.
Volunteers needed for fine arts fest
Volunteers are needed for the Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival. The 35th annual event will be held March 28 and 29 at Craig Park on the Bayou, 100 Beekman Lane. Helpers are needed to work two- to three-hour shifts on both Saturday and Sunday. To sign-up, call the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, (727) 937-6109.
Organization helps hearing problems
Florida residents with hearing loss can receive amplified telephones and specialized equipment for no cost at the Deaf and Hearing Connection for Tampa Bay, which provides free hearing screenings, amplified telephones and other assisting equipment and low cost hearing aids. The organization also needs volunteers. Call (727) 399-9983 .