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Man robs Sunshine State Bank in Zephyrhills using bomb claim


Man robs bank with claim of bomb in bag

A man robbed the Sunshine State Bank on Wednesday morning with a small bag he claimed contained a bomb. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash — and left the bag on the bank counter, prompting officials to evacuate the building at 36450 Eiland Blvd. and call in the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office bomb squad. The deputies determined there was no bomb in the bag, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male 40-45 years old, 5-foot-6 inches tall, medium build, dark hair and dark shirt, wearing jeans and a black hat. He was last seen heading westbound on foot. Anyone with information may call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.

State grant to help with runway fix

The state Department of Transportation is chipping in $19,120 to help the city repair its main airport runway. City Council members agreed Monday evening to accept the grant. They hired AVCON last month to complete engineering work on the $240,000 project after accepting a Federal Aviation Authority grant that covers 90 percent of the cost. The city's share amounts to $4,780. The council also gave initial approval for the creation of a parks and recreation advisory board that will make recommendations on prioritizing park improvements and expanding recreation opportunities.


Local comic to perform Oct. 19

Local comedian Sharon Nolan will perform at 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at Kickin Wing, 8702 State Road 52. The show is presented by Comedy Slam Radio, where Nolan hosts the award-winning show Seriously Silly with Sharon. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. For information or to get on the advance ticket list, contact Nolan at (727) 992-2623 or


Museum board to meet Oct. 19, Nov. 9

Investigation Station, Pasco's traveling children's museum, will hold its monthly board meetings at noon Oct. 19 and Nov. 9 at the Garden of Eden restaurant, 13510 U.S. 19. Meetings will focus on upcoming fundraisers and community involvement. The board is seeking new members. Contact Lisa Campos at (727) 459-7331 or


Mary Rinaldi is president of the West Pasco Board of Realtors. A column Wednesday misstated her first name.

Man robs Sunshine State Bank in Zephyrhills using bomb claim 10/10/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:44pm]
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