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Police say nurse is masked bandit in Clearwater drug heist


Police: Nurse is masked bandit in drug heist

Registered nurse Michael Villafana took a sick day on Nov. 26. That was also the day police say his employer, Highland Pines Nursing Home, was robbed of narcotics by a masked gunman. Coincidence? The authorities think not. Clearwater police charged Villafana, 31, Wednesday with armed robbery. According to police, the man used an employee access code to get inside the Highland Pines Nursing Home at 111 S Highland Ave. Armed with a 9mm pistol, he robbed the staff of prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and oxycodone. Investigators say they later determined Villafana is addicted to pain medication. Police say they recovered a gun and drugs from the robbery. Villafana, of 600 Starkey Road in Largo, is in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.


Loud car stereos? You'll face music

Police have unveiled a program designed to make sure people with loud car stereos have to face the music. A link on the Police Department's Web site,, lets people report the loud noise. The report should note the date, location, and vehicle type and tag number, as well as a brief description of the driver if possible, police said. The $91 file can be issued when an officer witnesses the violation. But the online report will result in a letter to the owner of the vehicle. Florida law prohibits anyone from using any device to produce sound that can be heard 25 feet outside the car. An exemption exists for motor vehicles used for "business or political purposes." So don't drop the dime on the ice cream truck.


Man is arrested on child porn charge

A 58-year-old Dunedin man was arrested on a child pornography charge. Robert Alan Mooney was taken into custody by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday at his home at 3075 Park Lane Apartment A. The investigation started after Mooney took his computer to a repair shop on Aug. 25, the Sheriff's Office said. A technician found pictures of children engaged in sex acts and reported it to the Sheriff's Office. Mooney, who works at Sweet Bay, was released later from the Pinellas County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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Fratus, Marita Marie

Hiel, Mary Ann

Hosley, June Ann

Kammerer, Ronald T.

Melnick, Kathryn

Ober, Sara

Priest, Richard Alan

Seiberth, Gerald L. "G.L."

Steyer, Else H.

Swepson, Gillian

Vanhoorst, Harold D.

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