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Ex-bank teller charged with grand theft

LARGO

A former Bank of America teller was arrested Tuesday after allegedly depositing $8,000 in stolen funds. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested Ingrid Chevez Vazquez, 24, on grand theft charges stemming from allegedly fraudulent transactions at the Largo branch on Seminole Boulevard on Jan. 11. Police said Vazquez deposited $8,000 fraudulently in her account. She then asked a co-worker to withdraw $5,000 and then $3,000. After getting the money, Vazquez reversed the deposit in the system, police said, temporarily concealing the theft but causing the account to overdraw. Bank of America lost $6,157.12 as a result, police said. Vazquez was released late Tuesday from the Pinellas County Jail.

City named best in state for forestry

The Largo Parks Division was named the best urban forestry program in the state for 2008 at the recent Trees Florida conference in Fort Lauderdale. The selection was made by the Florida Urban Forestry Council, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Florida Division of Forestry and the University of Florida Extension Service. The selection agencies praised the city for its initiative to create tree canopied streets, its aggressive street tree planting program and its expansion from one to two tree crews to insure proactive tree care.

TARPON SPRINGS

Water, sewer rates could increase

The city will hold a hearing to discuss possible increases in water and sewer rates at 6:30 p.m. July 22 at City Hall, 324 E. Pine St. A sluggish economy and decreased growth has resulted in reduced revenues, city officials said. The public is invited to attend.

New Lowe's on U.S. 19 approved

On Tuesday, the Tarpon Springs Board of City Commissioners unanimously approved a revised development agreement for a Lowe's Home Improvement Store to be built on U.S. 19 just north of Tarpon Avenue. Revisions include a smaller retention pond that will provide for more green space and a reduction in the number of trees that will be removed from the site.

Pinellas deaths

Adams, Gladys M.

Backs, Eunice

Di Leo, John William

Hooper, Kathryn

Johnson, Nancy Lee

Karwoski, Eugene Joseph "Gene"

Kongieser, David I.

Lowery, Dorothy

Madderom, Neal C.

Orlowski, William J.

Perschon, Martha Y.

Rawlings, Patricia J.

Roggelin, Carmela M.

Samuels, David H.

Smith, Robert J.

Stecher, Richard E.

Wermter, Arnold B.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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