POLICE: PIZZA WORKER TOOK BANK DEPOSIT
This may not be the best way to quit your job. Authorities say a 40-year-old man working at a pizza restaurant on Clearwater Beach went into his boss' truck on the afternoon of April 27 and grabbed a bank deposit bag before he fled. Robert J. Marquez, of 1510 Arden Ave., Clearwater, made off with $12,600 in cash, police said. According to arrest reports, Marquez's boss witnessed the theft and saw Marquez run away while "clutching the bank bag." Marquez never returned to work and would not answer calls from the restaurant owner, police said. Marquez was arrested Thursday night and charged with grand theft and burglary of a conveyance. On Friday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Later closing time likely for airpark
The Clearwater Airpark will likely change its closing time to 11 p.m. in an attempt to attract more corporate jets. Pilots complained the airpark's current curfew — an hour after sunset for takeoffs, 9 p.m. for landings — is too inconvenient and confusing for passengers seeking evening flights. Often in winter takeoffs must end by 5:50 p.m., hurting business. Airpark Advisory Board member Dennis Roper said It's "like giving you a candy store and saying you can't sell chocolate." The City Council voted unanimously in support of the change on its first reading. Council member Bill Jonson worried the nearby neighborhood had little notice of the change. The Hercules Avenue airpark is owned and run by the city, which earns 10 cents for each gallon of fuel sold there.
Highlander Pool bash set today
Play games, listen to music and eat a free picnic lunch at the Highlander Pool Season Opener Bash today. The free event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1937 Ed Eckert Drive also will feature inflatables and races. Call Highlander Pool at (727) 298-3266 for more information.
Humane Society chief to visit
Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, is making a stop in Palm Harbor today. Pacelle, the author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, will hold a discussion and signing for the book at 4 p.m. at Books A Million, 33550 US 19 N. Pacelle has been with the Humane Society since 1994. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (727) 773-1362.
Instructor sought for coupon class
The Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., is in need of an instructor to present a one-time, free public seminar on "Extreme Couponing 101." The center will provide a room and snacks. For more information, call (727) 771-6000.