Pet sitter is accused of taking jewelry
A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing more than $20,000 in jewelry from a woman whose pet he was watching. Daniel A. Williams, of 506 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., was arrested Monday morning after turning himself in and was charged with grand theft. According to an arrest report, Williams was watching the woman's pet on Nov. 22 at her home on Beverly Lane. The woman, who was not identified, later noticed that jewelry worth about $21,350 was missing. Also gone was about $1,400 in cash. When the woman confronted Williams, he admitted to pawning the jewelry, some of which has since been recovered, according to the report. Williams told the woman he used the $1,400 to pay for "his rehab in Jacksonville," the report shows. On Tuesday afternoon, Williams was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Author sponsors writing contest
Local writers are invited to enter a writing contest sponsored by Max Grinnell, travel author and urbanologist who will visit the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., on March 4. But there's a catch. The writer must include the words "Sewell Ford'' and "cottony cushion scale'' in the piece. Sewell Ford was an early 20th century journalist who lived in Clearwater. His works included Horses Nine: Stories of Harness and Saddle and On with Torchy. The cottony cushion scale is a pest that wreaked havoc on the citrus industry and was first noticed in Clearwater in 1898. The entry can either be poetry or prose and cannot be more than 350 words. Grinnell will be the sole judge of all entries, and a first, second and third prize will be awarded. The prizes will be Max Grinnell travel books with a personal inscription. All entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 25.
A Valentine's gift that sounds sweet
A barbershop quartet delivering a singing valentine in four-part harmony is available for your loved ones. Members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, who practice in Palm Harbor, will perform at homes, offices, hospitals or wherever that special sweetheart may be from Feb. 11-15. In addition to love songs, the recipient will receive a red rose and parchment scroll to commemorate the occasion. Prices start at $50. Deliveries can be made anywhere in Pinellas and Pasco counties. To reserve a singing valentine, call (727) 586-4817.
Center is selling its old computers
The Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., is upgrading its public computer lab and has used computers for sale. The desktop systems, first-come, first-served, are $50 each and include a central processing unit, color monitor, keyboard and mouse. New computers were made possible by a donation from the North Pinellas Community Action Council. For more information, call the center, (727) 744-4556.
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