Naked woman just wanted cigarettes
A Clearwater woman looking for cigarettes needed more than a smoke, police say. She needed some clothes. Monica L. Wood, 52, was arrested early Friday and faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct. According to Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, Wood knocked on a person's door in the early morning hours while in the nude to ask for cigarettes. Deputies said they later found the suspect walking through a nearby mobile home park wearing only boxer shorts. Wood was arrested at 2:35 a.m. in the 2400 block of Gulf to Bay Boulevard. Her bail was set at $250. Wood was released shortly after noon Friday.
New sidewalk set for causeway
A continuous sidewalk on the north side of the Dunedin Causeway will soon relieve congestion on the Pinellas Trail extension on the causeway's south side. At their meeting Thursday, the city commission awarded a $98,190 contract to Kloote Contracting of Palm Harbor to build 770 feet of sidewalk north of the causeway to complete that sidewalk and to install three pedestrian crossings. The money for the work came from gas taxes paid at the pump ($75,000), Penny for Pinellas funds ($21,510) and a transportation impact fee that the city collects from developers ($1,680). The city expects the project to start in late May.
Sheriff searching for bank robber
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred Friday at the Wachovia Bank at 2515 West Bay Drive in Belleair Bluffs. Deputies describe the suspect as a black male 20-30 years of age, 6 feet tall with a medium build and weighing about 170-180 pounds. He is believed to be using a fake beard. The suspect's vehicle is described as a dark-colored four-door car. According to deputies, the suspect entered the bank and approached a teller, then displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled. Deputies responded at 9:50 a.m. Anyone with information about this crime should call (727) 582-6200, or to remain anonymous, (800) 873-TIPS.
Swiss club to discuss cheese
The last meeting of the season will be held by the Swiss American Club of the Suncoast at 11:45 a.m. today at Stacey's, 1451 Missouri Ave. N, Largo. Discussion will center around current problems with cheese making and disappearing farmland in Switzerland. For information, call (727) 344-1944.