Man sought in burglaries at two hospitals
Authorities are looking for a man in connection with burglaries at two local hospitals last weekend. The first took place at the Morton Plant Hospital financial office at 300 Pinellas St. in Clearwater on Saturday night. The burglar entered the building and pried open several locked cabinets, money boxes and a safe, police said. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money. The second burglary occurred just before 9 a.m. Sunday, the Pinellas Sheriff's Office said, at the Medical Arts Building of Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor. A doctor confronted the burglar in an office, but the burglar said he was part of the cleaning crew and walked away. The doctor noticed pry marks on the office door and called 911. The hospital was locked down briefly as a precaution. Authorities are distributing surveillance photos. Anyone with information may contact Detective John Waugh of the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
City Council to set tax rate, budget
The Clearwater City Council is expected to set a final millage rate and approve the city's operating and capital improvement budgets for 2008-09 when it meets today at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at Council Chambers, City Hall, 112 S. Osceola Ave. The meeting will include approval of the Penny for Pinellas II project list.
Library has option for book clubs
Want to have a book club without buying the books? The Palm Harbor Library has a solution. The library's new Book Clubs to Go collection consists of rolling totes that hold 10 books of the same title. These can be checked out by a patron who can offer a book club at a time and location that is convenient for club members. Kits will circulate for 56 days.
The phone number for Ruth's Promise: A Community Care Center at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave., Largo, is (727) 585-9969. A different number was listed in the Pulse Brief column on Tuesday.
Week 1 of high school football offers some intriguing player matchups, 8C.
Bertsche, Eugene Robert
Collins, Alfred F.
Crosby, Glenn C. Jr.
Deckard, Wayne H.
Falen, Hobart Newell
Gregg, Steven R.
Keenan, Marjorie E.
McCain, Marilyn Jane
McInerney, James R.
Melick, Marie Bates
Ohlson, Sharon N. Madson
Parsells, Tammy Lagasse
Powell, Bernard F.
Shelton, Michael Vernon
Smith, Robert H. Sr.
Stine, Ruth Turno
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.