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Man took girlfriend's Tropical Storm Debby disaster money, deputies say


Report: He took girlfriend's disaster money

A 23-year-old man is accused of stealing the disaster funding his girlfriend received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby. George Hollenbeck spent more than $1,700 of the $2,001 his girlfriend received, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Hollenbeck told investigators that he spent the money on "bills and the rest he alleged he lost," a report says. Hollenbeck, of 9120 Unicorn Ave. in Port Richey, was charged Wednesday with grand theft. He has been incarcerated in the Pasco jail since July 17 on a charge on violating his probation for battery. He is being held without bail. Hollenbeck sent his girlfriend a postcard from jail where he admitted taking the money and said he did it to invest the funds for her, authorities said.


Burlington store to bring 55 jobs

Burlington Coat Factory is coming this fall to the former Target building north of Gulf View Square mall, bringing more than just discount-priced department store fashions. It will bring about 55 jobs, too. Career Central has planned a job fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at the Verizon Cellular Sales Expo Hall, 8717 Trouble Creek Road, for people interested in applying for a job at Burlington. Jobs range from cashiers and sales associates to receiving associates, markdown team associates and loss prevention. Bring a resume, dress professionally and be prepared for an impromptu interview. Pre-registration is preferred. To register, visit For information, call Kristie Drinosky at (813) 377-0245 or email


Back to School event Saturday

HIS Storehouse Outreach Inc. and First Presbyterian Church will host a joint Back to School Outreach from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 5510 19th St. Free backpacks and school supplies will be distributed (children must be present to receive them). The event also features free hotdogs and other refreshments, plus games and bounce houses. For information, call (813) 783-2141 or email


CAIR member to speak Aug. 19

As part of a series of guest talks hosted by Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, Hassan Shibly, a member of the Council on American–Islamic Relations or CAIR, will speak at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at Spirit of Life, 18412 Burrell Road. Shibly will talk about CAIR's mission to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promotes justice and mutual understanding. For information, call (813) 792-1622 or visit

Man took girlfriend's Tropical Storm Debby disaster money, deputies say 08/09/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 8:50pm]
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