Suspect in church thefts arrested
Scott Edward Regan, 45, faces charges of burglary and grand theft in connection with the burglary of two Clearwater churches, Clearwater police said Thursday. Additional charges are pending, they said. Police say Regan broke into Grace Lutheran Church on Highland Avenue and Skycrest United Methodist Church on Drew Street between Feb. 22 and 24. Small amounts of cash were taken, and Grace Lutheran's van was stolen. Two other Clearwater churches were burglarized that weekend, but Regan hasn't been charged in connection with those break-ins. He is, however, being charged with resisting arrest with violence and one count of burglary in connection with a break-in at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church on 49th Street N in St. Petersburg on Feb. 26, according to police. Regan, who authorities said is homeless, was arrested Tuesday by St. Petersburg police.
Learn all about passport requisites
In honor of Passport Day in the USA, Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke is hosting a national passport acceptance and outreach event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 150, Clearwater. Visitors will be able to get passport information, including how much it costs to obtain a passport and how to apply for a U.S. passport, which is needed when individuals enter the United States by air, or from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and seaports of entry. For more information, call (727) 464-3341.
Volunteers needed for various events
Dunedin's Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help out with a few community events this spring. The annual helicopter egg drop, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30, will feature Easter Bunny photos, food vendors, a balloon artist and children's crafts and games. Children can feel and hear the engine power of motorcycles, tractors, fire engines and more during the annual Touch-A-Truck event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. Both events, to be held at Highlander Park, are free with a $5 charge for parking. The city also needs volunteers for the Hog Hustle 5K Run at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on May 11. Find volunteer forms at DunedinGov.com. Call Devyn Wilson at (727) 812-4530 for more information.