Caller accused of asking 911: Take me to bar
An Oldsmar man is accused of calling 911 to get a ride to a bar and then kicking a sheriff's deputy in the knees. Gregory J. Oras, 37, of 306 Bayview Blvd. in Oldsmar, made three 911 calls, including once when he left a bar on Oakwood Boulevard around 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to an arrest report. Oras claimed he had a broken nose, bleeding ears and people shooting at him. Actually, he just wanted a ride to Hennessy's, a bar in Oldsmar, authorities said. Pinellas County sheriff's deputies accused Oras of making false 911 calls. The deputies said they handcuffed Oras and placed him in the backseat but he refused to put his feet inside. Then, deputies say, Oras kicked one of the deputies in the knees. The deputies used a Taser to subdue Oras, the report said. Oras, who faces a charge of making a false 911 call and battery of a law enforcement officer, was booked into Pinellas County Jail at 3:20 a.m.
Shopping spree on stolen credit card
Detectives are seeking the public's help in finding a woman they say stole a credit card and went on a shopping spree days before Christmas. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the woman broke into a parked car on Dec. 21 at the Publix at 30535 U.S. 19 N. She took a purse that belonged to a Palm Harbor woman, then headed to the Walmart at 35404 U.S. 19 N. There, authorities say, she used the victim's credit cards to get $4,000 worth of gift cards and electronics. Her next stop was a CVS at 2175 Main St. in Dunedin, where she got another $100 in gift cards. The woman's image was captured on surveillance video at the CVS. Police described her as a black female in her 20s with long black dreadlocks. She is 5 feet 7 inches and weighed about 140 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kenneth Sokolowski at (727) 582-6945 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS) to remain anonymous.
Start year on safer footing on boat
United Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater has announced its 2010 schedule for safe boating programs. Courses will start with "About Boating Safely" at 8 a.m. Jan. 9- 10 at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on Sand Key, 1001 Gulf Blvd. Topics include boating emergencies, knowing your boat, getting under way, navigating, operating your boat safely and legal requirements. All graduates receive a Florida State Certification Card. For more information and to register, contact Ann Bennett, staff officer-public education, at (727) 469-8895 or visit http://a0701101.uscgaux.info.