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Suspect arrested in Wesley Chapel pharmacy robbery

WESLEY CHAPEL

Suspect in CVS pharmacy robbery in Jail

The robber told a CVS pharmacist that getting the pills was a matter of life and death: His family was being held hostage in the parking lot at knife point. "Get all the Oxy or my family will be killed," the robber wrote on a note that he handed to a CVS clerk June 1, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. The ruse netted the robber two bottles — totaling 750 pills — of hydrocodone. Authorities this week identified the robber as Nicholas Costeines, 28, who was arrested Tuesday after people recognized him in the surveillance video of the robbery, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. Deputies released the video to the media last week with the hope that someone could identify the suspect. Costeines, 1131 Foggy Ridge Parkway in Land O'Lakes, was charged with robbery and contempt of court. He is being held at Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Motorcycle race benefits charity

Rev those engines for a good cause: West Pasco Toys for Tots will host a motorcycle poker run at 10 a.m. July 17 as a fundraiser for its annual Christmas toy drive. The proceeds will buy presents for children who might otherwise get nothing for Christmas. The event begins at Gulf Coast Harley Davidson, 5817 State Road 54. Registration is $25. For information, visit www. ToysForTotsWestPasco.org.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Old Glory looking worn? Trade it in

Goin' Postal is handing out new American flags this month in exchange for worn, faded, tattered or torn versions of Old Glory. The old flags will be given to Boy Scout Troop 72 or to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 65 for proper retirement. This is the fourth year that the Price family has provided this free service, and many other store owners in the Goin' Postal franchise offer the same courtesy as a way of beautifying their communities and showing their pride in America. The flag exchange is available while supplies last. Some restrictions apply. Goin' Postal is located at 38439 Fifth Ave., or call the store at (813) 782-1500.

NEW PORT RICHEY

July 16 forum set for candidates

Calusa Business & Professional Women will host a candidates forum at 11:30 a.m. July 16. Candidates for County Commission, School Board, state representative and judicial seats all have all been invited to the event, which is open to the public. The group meets at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. Lunch is available at $12.95 per person. To RSVP, contact group vice president Gigi Evans at (727) 945-9669 or FLATitlebyGigiD@tampabay.rr.com.

Suspect arrested in Wesley Chapel pharmacy robbery 07/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 9:36pm]
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