JR the OWL's freedom could be long-term
JR the owl is doing fine in the wild, so after spending more than a week trying to capture the great-horned owl, Largo park officials are switching gears. "We're going to let him be free and continue to just watch him," said the city's parks superintendent, Greg Brown. Nearly two weeks ago, someone broke into George C. McGough Nature Park and cut a hole in JR's cage. Officials discovered he was gone on Jan. 29. They were worried that JR wouldn't be able to fend for himself because the 14-year-old bird was raised in captivity. Park staff was told that he wouldn't be able to hunt. And JR previously seemed to shy away from live prey, Brown said. But it turns out JR's instincts are intact. "He's hunting for himself and he's going to be just fine," Brown said.
Man arrested over child porn videos
A 43-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, accused of having numerous child pornography videos on a home computer. Christopher Scott Roland, of 712 Quail Keep Drive, was charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography. One of the videos featured a child, purportedly 5 years old, according to arrest reports. The case was investigated by the state Attorney General's CyberCrime Unit. CyberCrime investigators found the images during a routine investigation and traced them back to Roland's computer, according to a spokeswoman. Roland admitted he downloaded the material, according to arrest reports. On Wednesday afternoon, Roland was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. He does not have a criminal history in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
A new place to grab a sandwich
Although several Clearwater restaurants have closed recently, a new one opened Tuesday at the corner of Cleveland Street and Myrtle Avenue downtown. It doesn't even have its signs yet; instead, its name is scrawled on the windows. Cafe Q is located at 801 Cleveland, where Cafe Supreme closed in early December. It serves sandwiches, soups, salads and coffee, and its hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Its owners, William and Valerie Quintero, own the Avis Rental Car location in the same building and decided to take a chance on a new venture. "We're very excited about it," William Quintero said Wednesday.
Baby boomers, this is for you
A free workshop to educate baby boomers on Social Security titled "Social Security Planning for Boomers: What Everyone Needs to Know" will be at 6:30 p.m. today at the Dunedin Community Center, 750 Milwaukee Ave. Topics include when to apply for benefits, checking earnings record for accuracy, estimating benefits, minimizing taxes on Social Security benefits, coordinating Social Security with other sources of retirement income, and more. The workshop will be presented by J. Henry Livingston, president, Retirement Resources Advisory, Inc. To reserve a spot, call (727) 799-0551.
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