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Drugstore robber in Largo looked like actor

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LARGO

Drugstore robber looked like actor

A man jumped the pharmacy counter at Albertsons Supermarket on Ulmerton Road this morning, raided the store's supply of hydrocodone, then fled. But here's where it gets interesting: Police say the suspect resembles actor Keanu Reeves. The robbery took place at 10:30 a.m., police said. The robber "implied" he was armed when he leaped into the pharmacy on the north end of the store. Police later learned he had parked a gray or green Toyota Camry at the nearby Golden Corral and walked to the supermarket. The robber is described as a white male with a muscular frame, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2. There was no indication from police if the man resembled Reeves as he appeared in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure or The Matrix.

NORTH PINELLAS

Turn holiday trees into free mulch

Now that the holiday season is nearly over, Pinellas County is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas trees. The trees will be collected, ground into mulch and distributed free to the public. Here's how to recycle the trees:

Belleair: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call 588-3798, ext. 406.

Clearwater: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call 562-4920.

Dunedin: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day through Jan. 9. Call 298-3215.

Largo: curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call (727) 587-6760.

Oldsmar: dropoff collection at 107 Shore Drive W. Open through Jan. 12. Call (813) 749-1262.

Safety Harbor: curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. Call (727) 724-1550.

Tarpon Springs: dropoff collection at yard waste facility (898 S Levis Ave., minimum $5) or curbside collection starting Jan. 7. Call (727) 943-4837.

Unincorporated Pinellas County: dropoff collection at Pinellas County Solid Waste Operations, 3095 114th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Cost is $3 per load.

For more information: Call (727) 464-7500 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities.

Pinellas deaths

Blick, Catherine M.

Burgess, Deion Christopher

Coleman, Mary Ann

Engheben, Leonard

Fleming, Richard G.

Gaffin, Lynn Ellen

Marek, Stanley J. Jr.

Otterstedt, John

Rowe, Harold J.

Rusulis, Elaine

Selby, Lois H.

Smith, Melba Jean

Vail, Charlene Mary



Vacant house gutted; in condo fire, man injured

Clearwater firefighters were busy late Tuesday and early Wednesday. They responded to a suspicious fire that damaged two condo units at Marina Del Rey on Sand Key. Damage from the fire late Tuesday is estimated at $800,000. When rescuers arrived about 11:30 p.m., smoke and flames were billowing out of the second and third floors of the complex. The fire was put out in about 30 minutes. Gerald Parks, 60, jumped from the building to avoid the blaze. Authorities said Parks was treated at the scene and taken to Largo Medical Center. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday afternoon.

Arson is behind another fire early Wednesday. This one engulfed a vacant house at Woodlawn Street and Ewing Avenue. Damage is estimated at $20,000.

Drugstore robber in Largo looked like actor 12/31/08 [Last modified: Friday, January 2, 2009 3:06pm]
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