Largo bank robber tosses teller over counter

LARGO

Bank robber tosses teller over counter

Largo police are investigating an armed robbery Thursday at the Fifth Third Bank on Missouri Avenue. A man entered the bank about 11:15 a.m. and flashed a silver gun at the lone teller, who was in the lobby. The robber told the teller to jump the counter and get money. When the teller told the man she couldn't jump the counter, he picked her up and threw her over it. The robber ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber is described as 5 feet 6 to 6 feet tall, approximately 150 pounds and muscular. He was wearing a fake beard, sunglasses, a dark ball cap, a white long sleeved shirt, dark pants and work boots. The hair on his head that was visible was very short. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact detectives Keith Barton or Joe Coyle with the Largo Police Department at (727) 587-6728.

Fewer charges for Largo doctor

Kayode E. Sotonwa, the 42-year-old Largo doctor accused of inappropriately touching a number of his patients, now faces five fewer charges. The State Attorney's Office this week decided not to file charges on two counts of felony lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 16 and three counts of misdemeanor battery. Sotonwa still faces four charges, however: one count of sexual battery and three counts of simple battery. His attorney, Peter Sartes, said the state abandoned the charges because the victims were not credible, but prosecutor Kendall Davidson disputed that. Sotonwa is not practicing medicine now, Sartes said, because the state Department of Health has filed a complaint against him as a result of the charges.

COUNTYWIDE

Dogs on death row claimed by owner

Money and Paco got a reprieve. The pit bullterriers were claimed by their owner, Sherman L. Britten, on Thursday morning. The pair had been quarantined at Pinellas Animal Services for 10 days after one of them killed a Boston terrier. The dogs were scheduled to be euthanized Saturday if they were not claimed. Britten, 33, was required to pay $260 in fees and faces other fines. The owner of the terrier, Jean Post, 80, began to cry when told the dogs had been released. "I'm scared to death of them," she said. "I'm going to get Mace.''

Pinellas deaths

Alpeter, Delbert Oliver

Balzer, Alfred X.

Barros, Haydee M.

Covey, Maverick James

Driver, Patricia "Patsy"

Eriksen, Alice F.

Fair, Phyllis J. (Peters)

Henkel, Frances Ann

Johnson, Lucie J.

Klein, Carol A.

Kline, Agnes H.

McConnell, Mary L.

Molyneux, Rosemary

Moore, Ethel M.

Morris, Nina

Patch, Alma W. "Momsy"

Payne, Barbara

Power, Thomas J.

Teabout, Robert Jr. "Animal"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Largo bank robber tosses teller over counter 06/26/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 27, 2008 8:37am]

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