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Dunedin man charged with robbing Palm Harbor bank

PALM HARBOR

Dunedin man charged with robbing bank

A Dunedin man has been arrested and charged with robbing a bank in Palm Harbor last month. Pinellas County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that detectives zeroed in on 50-year-old Mark A. Kalina of 470 Main St. as a suspect in the May 20 robbery of the Patriot Bank at 1103 Florida Ave. At 11 a.m. that day, a man entered the bank, demanded cash from a teller and lifted his jacket to show that he was armed with what appeared to be a shotgun, officials said. During the holdup, authorities said, he forced three bank employees to lie on the floor and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Kalina was arrested about 7:25 p.m. Tuesday. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of armed bank robbery and was being held Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

DUNEDIN

State park sets attendance record

Honeymoon Island State Park this week set a record by welcoming its 1-millionth visitor in a single year. This is the first time the park has seen 1-million visitors during its fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30. Last fiscal year, the park had 976,553 visitors. Officials said the park benefited this year from a $2-million beach restoration project and the fact that neighboring Caladesi Island was named the nation's best beach by "Dr. Beach," Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University. A trio from Friendsville, Tenn. — James Prater, Jorga Prater and Deidre Caywood — pushed the park above the million-visitor mark this year. They received prizes that included a ferry ride to Caladesi Island, complimentary chair and umbrella rentals at Cafe Honeymoon, a three-day, two-night stay at the nearby Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn and dinner for two. For more information on Honeymoon Island State Park, call (727) 469-5942 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org/

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City says conserve reclaimed water

Dunedin on Wednesday became the latest local government in Pinellas County to ask residents to conserve reclaimed water. City officials said more reclaimed water is being used than is available and that residents could experience interruptions in their service. The city is asking people to stick to watering during their scheduled days and times. Call (727) 298-3100

Clarification

Keller-Angelillis Design and Manufacturing left its warehouse at 940 Douglas Ave. in February for a facility on San Christopher Drive. A story Tuesday was unclear on the date.

Pinellas deaths

Baer, James F.

Bagwell, Jerry E.

Ceely, Margaret Helen

Colombo, Salvatore C.

Eby, Dorothy "Dottie"

Fortin, Irene R.

Hebberd, Nathan C.

Jenkins, Dorothy F.

Koehler, Virginia

Kuert, Matilda F.

Langham, Edward Paul

Meinecke, Karl G.

Mijares, Secundina

Miller/Orsette, Barbara

Tracey, Chris

Urban, John L.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Dunedin man charged with robbing Palm Harbor bank 06/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2008 5:46pm]
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