New Port Richey
Clearwater woman gets probation in theft
A former treasurer of the Beacon Square Civic Association pleaded guilty to grand theft this week and received two years of probation after paying back nearly $7,000.
Mandy Fletcher of Clearwater was arrested last year after the president of the association in Holiday told authorities that thousands of dollars were missing. Fletcher admitted to stealing only $1,000, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. Fletcher, 33, has similar crimes in her past: in 2007 she pleaded guilty to identity theft and was ordered to pay $3,299 in restitution, and in 2003 she pleaded guilty to using fraudulent checks.
Police close store for selling alcohol to minor
A convenience store was shut down after its owner sold alcohol to a minor, police say.
During the past week, the Largo Police Department received numerous complaints from a parent that someone at Raj's Food and Beverage Store, 12185 Indian Rocks Road, was selling alcohol to middle school children.
Investigators had a 17-year-old aide try to buy alcohol at 11 local liquor stores. Police say the teen was shut down at all but one store — Raj's Food and Beverage.
On Thursday, police arrested owner Mohammed Alam, 52, charged him with selling alcohol to a minor and closed the store. Alam was released a few hours later.
The police report and parent complaints are headed to the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, which could revoke the store's beverage license.