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Largo police seek help in solving burglaries

LARGO — The Largo Police Department is asking the public to help identify two people connected to a string of recent burglaries.

The two are described as a white male and a white female. The man is thought to be in his mid to late 20s. He has a thin build, receding hairline and a trimmed beard. He appears to wear prescription glasses. The woman is thought to be in her mid to late 20s. She has long brown hair that hangs to the small of her back. She has been seen wearing her hair in a ponytail. They may be driving a two-door gold-colored car.

The two are suspects in four Largo burglaries between Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. The crimes occurred in the area south of Ulmerton and near Old Ridge Road.

If you have information about the burglaries or the suspects, call Detective B. Arlington at (727) 587-6728.

North Pinellas

Five line up to challenge Bilirakis for House seat

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will finish his first term at the end of this year, and five challengers hope to stop the Palm Harbor Republican from gaining a firm grip on the 9th District seat his father held for 24 years.

Four Democrats and a member of the Term Limits for the United States Congress Party are seeking the seat. The challengers hail from Clearwater, New Port Richey, Carrollwood, Valrico and Plant City.

They agree that Bilirakis is a "nice man" but has not done a good job.

"Unfortunately, he has not been deemed to be an effective member of Congress," said John Dicks, the former mayor of Plant City, who has announced for the seat.

Jose Cardenas, Times staff writer


Fire union says city's latest offer is insulting

More than four months after their contract expired, members of the Clearwater Fire Department's union are still no closer to reaching a new agreement with city officials.

They called the city's latest offer insulting. But city officials say they don't have much leeway in tough economic times, especially with the recent passage of Amendment 1.

"The budget impacts don't stop with Amendment 1," said Joe Roseto, Clearwater's human resources director. "The budget reductions that the city may have to endure may be greater. We have to have cost certainty."

Demorris A. Lee, Times staff writer


More than 150 attend utility's open house

More than 150 people — many from North Pinellas but also a big contingent from Hillsborough County — showed up Monday during the first two hours of Progress Energy Florida's open house at the Crescent Oaks Country Club.

If the utility decides to build a nuclear power plant in Levy County, it could need to put 200 miles of new high-voltage transmission lines in 10 counties, including Pinellas.

Many wanted to know where their homes were in relation to the corridors that the company has identified as possible routes for the lines.

"I was worried about that," said Rosa Santiago, who came from Odessa in Hillsborough County with her daughter and son.

Progress Energy representatives, about two dozen strong, said they welcomed the questions.

Theresa Blackwell, Times staff writer


Property deed copies available for $2.50

Pinellas officials want residents to know they can get certified copies of their property deeds for about $2.50. The reminder comes as, a document retrieval business, has begun sending Pinellas residents letters stressing the importance of having certified deeds and offering to provide them for almost $90. The letters include a disclaimer stating that Fastdeeds is not affiliated with any government agency and that many government documents are available for modest fees. To learn more about getting a deed at the clerk of the circuit court's price, call (727) 464-3341.

Times staff writer

Largo police seek help in solving burglaries 02/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:57am]
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