Man arrested after burglary at Munchees
Trevor David Winsett, 24, of 402 N Carolina Ave. in Palm Harbor, was arrested late Thursday in connection with a burglary and two robberies at a Munchees convenience store at 2100 Bayshore Blvd. in Dunedin, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 100 scratch-off Florida Lottery tickets were stolen from the store during a smash-and-grab burglary Jan. 29. Winsett was identified as the suspect, authorities said, after fingerprints on the cashed-in lottery tickets came back to the suspect's brother. The Sheriff's Office said the brother was given the tickets by the suspect for repayment of a debt. Investigators said they were then able to connect Winsett to the two robberies at Munchees on Jan. 17 and Feb. 1 as well. Winsett was charged with one count of burglary, two counts of robbery and one count of dealing in stolen property. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday with bail set at $75,000.
Mardi Gras event to close roads
The annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival on Tuesday will affect Main Street between Louden Avenue and Broadway from 5 to 11 p.m. The following road closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday until approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday:
• Main Street from Broadway to Highland Avenue
• Virginia Lane at Douglas Avenue and Main Street
• Douglas Avenue at Scotland Street and Monroe Street as well as Union Street to Beltrees Street, Monroe Street and Skinner Boulevard. Motorists should expect delays and congestion. For information, check out dunedinmardigras.com.
Don't miss out on Midnite Madness
Dunedin's Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the youth advisory committee to host Midnite Madness from 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 22 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Stirling Skate Park, 550 Laura Lane. The event, open to tweens and teens, features game raids, mini skate park jams, snack food buffets, prize giveaways, an indoor laser tag arena, inflatables, gaming systems and more. Cost is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. A required parent/guardian-signed waiver can be downloaded at DunedinGov.com. For more information, call the MLK Center at (727) 738-2920.
Council appoints board members
The Clearwater City Council has reappointed Brian A. Barker and appointed Donald van Weezel to the Community Development Board through 2017 with Alex Plisko as an alternate member. The council also reappointed Barbara Blakely, Barbara Ann Murphey and Rosalie G. Murray and appointed Elizabeth W. Folk to the Clearwater Library Board through 2017.