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Deputies say man ordered beer, left to rob bank, then returned to beer

PORT RICHEY

Deputies: man mixed beer with Bank robbery

A man ordered a beer Thursday afternoon from a Port Richey bar. He left to get some money, then returned to his beer. One problem. While he was away, sheriff's deputies say, John Whittle, 52, stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a nearby Wells Fargo branch at 8994 State Road 52. Deputies found Whittle at the Hay Loft bar on State Road 52 and arrested him on suspicion of robbery. A bartender there told a deputy that Whittle ordered a beer and left for about 30 minutes before returning. Whittle, who lives in New Port Richey, was booked in the Pasco County Jail on Thursday afternoon.

COUNTYWIDE

Some workers get four-day weekend

Civilian and nonessential personnel at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will be given a paid day off today, following a similar move by other county government agencies. Staffers in all departments will also receive Monday off. Spokesman Kevin Doll said road patrol deputies and detectives with previously scheduled assignments will still show up to work. The move is not expected to increase the agency's overtime budget, Doll said. Any overtime incurred today must be used as future flex time, Doll said. Also, county buses will run a normal schedule today, with service resuming Tuesday. The county animal shelter will be open Saturday for last-minute pet adoptions for Christmas presents. For information, contact (813) 929-1217.

LAND O'LAKES

Schools tweet a first for district

More than two years after joining Twitter, the Pasco County School District made its first tweet this week: "Welcome! Thank you for following us. We are excited to keep you updated on all the amazing events happening in our schools!" By February, the district intends to have five schools — Trinity Oaks and Wesley Chapel elementary, Centennial Middle, and River Ridge and Gulf high — sending out messages via the social network, with access available to all schools by May. Newly proposed policy states that the district-approved uses of Twitter will include good news, pictures of the day, emergencies and bus information. The move does not mean that students will be able to spend time on Twitter and other such sites using the district's Internet service, though. Access will be by password only, and students won't be given the password.

Deputies say man ordered beer, left to rob bank, then returned to beer 12/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:13pm]
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