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St. Louis encephalitis found in 4 more chickens in Pinellas County


Officials find virus in four more chickens

Pinellas County officials have found St. Louis encephalitis in four more sentinel chickens. Now nine chickens have tested positive for the virus. There have been no cases reported in humans. Chickens are kept in several locations and are tested weekly to detect the presence of mosquitoes carrying diseases. The chickens with the virus were kept at the North County Maintenance Yard in Palm Harbor, the Oldsmar Sewage Treatment Center in Oldsmar, the Keller Water Treatment Facility in Tarpon Springs, Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg and Walsingham Park in Seminole. The disease attacks the central nervous system. Officials are advising people to protect themselves from mosquitoes and to keep them out of their yards by removing all standing water.

Tarpon Springs

Maintenance man charged in thefts

A maintenance man for the Tarpon Springs Housing Authority is accused of stealing valuables from residents as he did repairs in their units, according to arrest reports. Michael Lehing, 39, of 11147 Patrick Ave., Hudson, was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership. According to the reports, several pieces of gold jewelry went missing from an apartment at 615 S Disston Ave. on Aug. 22 after Lehing repaired a clogged drain. Tarpon Springs police discovered that Lehing had sold the pieces to a Palm Harbor jewelry shop, the reports said. When questioned, Lehing admitted he had stolen many items in the past few months and sold them to feed his oxycodone addiction, the reports said. Housing authority officials could not be reached Friday. Lehing was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $22,000 bail.

Palm Harbor

Transportation will be topic at forum

The Council of North County Neighborhoods will host a public transportation forum at 7 p.m. Monday in the community room of the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road. The discussion will include mass transit initiatives, local roadwork and bus service needs. For more information, call (727) 560-5586.

Safety Harbor

Speaker will focus on Operation Smile

The public is invited to attend a meeting of the GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Safety Harbor Library. Guest speaker Mary Taylor Jacobs will talk about Operation Smile. Jacobs is the GFWC chairwoman for international outreach community service programs. For details, contact Debbie Struk at

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St. Louis encephalitis found in 4 more chickens in Pinellas County 09/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 16, 2011 7:15pm]
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