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Fired employee held in robbery of Best Western

PALM HARBOR

Fired employee held in robbery of Best Western

A recently fired hotel groundskeeper was arrested Thursday and charged with robbing the hotel and hog-tying a clerk, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said. They said William C. Bradley, 35, of Tarpon Springs held up the Best Western at 37611 U.S. 19 N in Palm Harbor after midnight Saturday. Wearing a green cloth over his face, the unarmed robber demanded cash and then had the clerk lie on the office floor. The robber tied the clerk's behind his back and his feet to his hands. Forty-five minutes later, a guest in the lobby heard the clerk call for help, jumped over the counter and called 911. The robber also took the CD from the lobby surveillance camera, officials said. Bradley faces counts of unarmed robbery and kidnapping and was held Thursday in lieu of $55,000 bail.

CLEARWATER

City to mark beach library's opening

The Clearwater Beach library has a new home. On Monday, the city will hold a grand opening for the library, which is moving into the beach recreation center. For several months, the library has operated out of a trailer in the center's parking lot. The event starts at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Library hours will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until December. That's about when the recreation center's $500,000 renovation and expansion is expected to be complete. After that, the library will probably be open later. The recreation center and library are at 69 Bay Esplanade. Call (727) 462-6890 or visit www.myclearwater.com/cpl.

Correction

A Wednesday story reporting on fire code violations at the Dunedin Cove Motel misstated the actions of Dunedin Fire Marshal Bill McElligott. The story quoted motel owner Demetrio Ruiz del Sol as saying McElligott had made an earlier comment to him about the racial mix of the motel's tenants. McElligott and the city had shut down Ruiz del Sol's motel Saturday. On Tuesday, Ruiz del Sol told reporters he believed he was the victim of unfair treatment. But Wednesday, Ruiz del Sol said he had misspoken. He said it was a law enforcement officer and not McElligott who made the remark about the motel's tenants.

Pinellas deaths

Clark, Donald

Hancock, Doris "Dixie"

Hodges, John William

Hoglund, Ron

Martin, James N. "Jimmy"

McElwain, Mary

Nelson, Philip R

Olliphant, Charles W.

Payne, Barbara

Scott, Ronald

Smith, Robert W. Jr.

Travis, Ruth King New

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Fired employee held in robbery of Best Western 07/17/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:45am]
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