Dunedin woman charged in theft of $27,000
A Dunedin woman is accused of embezzling about $27,000 from her employer over three years. Tina Marie Foster, 39, of 1763 Main St., No. 146, was arrested by a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detective Thursday morning on charges of scheme to defraud and fraudulent use of a credit card. Foster, who worked for TSI Inc. near Largo, made personal purchases on a company credit card and transferred funds from a company checking account to various credit cards or accounts that belonged to her, according to arrest reports. Between November 2007 and August 2010, Foster racked up more than $3,600 on the credit card and siphoned another $23,400 from the company's bank account, the reports show. She was an office assistant for the commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning company, according to reports. Foster also goes by the names Tina Arthur and Tina McMillin, according to court records. She was released from the county jail Thursday after posting $15,000 bail. Pinellas court records show she was sentenced to six months in jail in 1996 after violating her probation on a battery on a law enforcement officer conviction. Also in 1996, she was convicted of obtaining property with a worthless check. In addition, she has a possession of oxycodone case pending, stemming from an arrest in October.
Heritage Village seeks volunteers
Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, will hold a volunteer open house from 10 a.m. to noon today. Some of the volunteer needs include serving as docents, craft demonstrators and receptionists. The organization is also looking for volunteers to serve as historic house caretakers, individuals who adopt the historical structures in the village and keep them neat and tidy for visitors. For more information, call (727) 582-2125.
City's fresh market now discontinued
The city of Oldsmar has discontinued its fresh market in the vacant lot next to Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St., and there are no plans now to open the market at another location. "It's several things all at once," said Holly LeBaire, Oldsmar's communication and marketing director. "We had to cancel twice during cold and rainy weather, which brought attendance down." The property will be used for other events, according to LeBaire.
Annual chamber meeting on Jan. 18
Tickets are on sale for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting scheduled for Jan. 18. The program will start with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and the dinner and awards banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. Tickets cost $65 for members; $75 for nonmembers. For information and tickets, visit clearwaterflorida.org or call (727) 461-0011.