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Public help sought to identify Belleair Bluffs bank robber


Public asked to help identify bank robber

Authorities are asking the public to help identify a masked man who robbed a bank Monday afternoon. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the man, armed with a knife, went into the Northern Trust Bank at 525 Indian Rocks Road shortly before 4 p.m. and demanded $4,000. The man jumped a counter, opened a cash drawer, took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away. The Sheriff's Office canine unit tried to track the man but did not find him. He is described as 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray, hooded coat, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He was wearing some sort of Halloween mask, possibly a skeleton mask, deputies said. Detectives are asking anyone with information that could assist in the investigation to call Detective Jeff Capra at (727) 582-6200. Anonymous tips can be made through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.


Boil water notice for some areas

The city issued a boil water notice Tuesday afternoon for the following areas in Oldsmar:

• Bay Arbor.

• Emerald Bay.

• The Abbey.

• All businesses on the north side of Tampa Road between Forest Lakes west to Lockheed Martin.

• All businesses on the south side of Tampa Road between Forest Lakes west to Emerald Bay.

The boil water notice, issued about 4:30 p.m., is due to a main water line break on Tampa Road. Officials advise that all water used for drinking or cooking be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. Bottled water also may be used. The notice will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. Boil water updates and notices will be posted on Oldsmar's website at


Bicyclist injured in crash is identified

Clearwater police Tuesday released the identity of the bicyclist who was critically injured when he collided with a vehicle driven by an off-duty Belleair police officer last month. The man, Pablo Cruz, remains in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. According to police, Cruz was hit by a 2003 Honda driven by Thomas Farrell, 49, about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Farrell was westbound on Drew Street and was driving through the intersection of Old Coachman Road on a green light when Cruz rode into his path, police said. Police did not release Cruz's name until Tuesday because of difficulty tracking down his wife in Mexico, said police spokeswoman Beth Watts. His age was not released.


Human services overview offered

Stephanie Walker, training, outreach and disaster manager with 211 Tampa Bay Cares Inc., will share an overview of services with volunteers providing information to callers regarding essential human services at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. The 211 line is a non-emergency information line. The public is welcome to attend. For reservations, call (727) 725-7549. Visit and

Palm Harbor

Kids can learn archery techniques at camp

Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation will hold an archery camp for children ages 8-14 from MOnday through Nov. 24 at the Sunderman Recreation Complex, 1631 Ninth St., Palm Harbor. Participants will learn the proper techniques of archery, including shooting a bow and arrow, holding the bow, care of the bow and arrow, stance and safety. The instructor will be Dan McKeag, a certified archery instructor with 23 years of experience. Camp times are 9-10:10 a.m. for 8-10 year-olds; 10:15-11:25 a.m. for 10-14 year-olds. The cost is $35 for Palm Harbor Community Activity Center members, $45 for non-members. For more information, call (727) 771-6000.


Rotary benefit tonight for suicide prevention

The Dunedin Waterside Rotary Club will sponsor a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 7:30 p.m. to midnight today at The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. Admission is $15 at the door and includes appetizers and entertainment by Joey Dee and the Starliters, Tommy The Saint, Dr. Marty Bialow singing Frank Sinatra hits, DJ Gemini from 93.3 WFLZ, and raffles worth more than $3,000 in gift certificates to local hotels, spas, restaurants, boating adventures and clubs. Visit or

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