Fired worker at MarineMax accused in theft
Police have arrested a former employee at the MarineMax boating company in Clearwater and accused her of stealing $250,000. Misty Jo Shaffstall, 35, of Clearwater faces a felony count of running a scheme to defraud. Police said that from 2006 to 2008 she oversaw one of the company's credit accounts. Shaffstall used company credit accounts to buy products such as office supplies, TVs and computers, police said. She kept some items and sold others on eBay for a profit, police said. The total added up to $250,000. She was fired in December, police said, but the arrest was not made until Monday morning. Shaffstall was released from the Pinellas jail on $50,000 bail. She could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Donations needed for dog hurt in fire
The Suncoast Animal League is raising money to save Jingles, the dog badly injured when a Dunedin house exploded Feb. 11. Dr. Miryam Reems said the dog, who is being treated at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, "is showing some improvement but needs surgery to repair burn wounds.'' The operation is essential because skin is damaged on his right back leg, side and shoulder. Duane Cole, the dog's owner who also was injured in the explosion, has paid $5,000 toward Jingles' care but can pay no more. By today, his bills will reach $10,500, said Emergency supervisor Rachelle Belanger. To donate, call Florida Veterinary Specialists at (813) 933-8944 or the Suncoast Animal League at (727) 786-1330. As for Cole, no information has been released on his condition. Fire officials haven't released a cause for the explosion and fire.
Greek fest features food and footwork
The 2009 Clearwater Greek Festival will be 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 409 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Admission is $2 and parking is free. Call (727) 799-4605.
'Pirates' take over arts center's stage
The Pirates of Penzance sails into town for performances at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 1 Tickets are $18, $16 and $12. For information, call (727) 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.