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Pasco bank robbery foiled by locking door, hiding

LUTZ

Best way to halt robbery: Lock the door

Just after 4 p.m. Friday, the bank robber parked his sports car across the street and walked toward the bank wearing a pink mask and gloves. He had a gun. Sensing this guy was up to no good, someone inside First Bank saw him coming and locked the door, authorities said. The man somehow broke the door lock and managed to get inside the building at 21708 State Road 54. "He demanded money but everybody was hiding," said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. "When no one came out to give him any money, he just left." No one was injured in the robbery attempt, Doll said. He urged anyone with information about the crime to call the Pasco Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711. The tips line is 1-800-706-2488. Information can be left anonymously. Doll said the suspect is believed to have fled in an older model Nissan 300ZX or 240SX.

NEW PORT RICHEY

County keeps watch on rivers

County officials continue to monitor flood conditions at area rivers after more than 6 inches of rain fell in some sections of Pasco this week. "Hopefully it's not going to go too much higher," said Jim Martin, Pasco's emergency services director. Anclote River at Elfers was on a moderate flood warning Friday, and Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens was expected to remain on flood watch for a few days, said Tyler Fleming, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The Hillsborough River near Zephyrhills is no longer under a warning, Fleming said. The storms also brought high winds that knocked down trees and power lines, and more than 2,000 residents remained without electricity Friday evening.

Boat Parade leads Chasco weekend

The Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade takes to the Pithlachascotee River at 1 p.m. today, one of the highlights of the festival's final weekend. Decorated boats will drift from Millers Bayou to Sims Park, where people can enjoy the Native American Festival, carnival rides and food booths benefitting local nonprofits. The Country Concert starts at 6 p.m. with David Nail and the LoCash Cowboys at the Sims Park amphitheater; tickets $15 and $25 at the door. For a full schedule of events, visit www.chascofiesta.com.

Correction

Kerry O'Connor, a woman who worked as a Pasco sergeant before becoming an attorney, is a candidate for Pasco sheriff. She was incorrectly described in a story Friday.

Pasco deaths

A detailed list of obituaries is published in Tampa Bay.

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