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Deputies close Pinellas club, sparking fights in parking lot

A disturbance broke out about 11 p.m. Friday when sheriff's deputies shut down Club Bliss, an all-ages dance club at 28780 U.S. 19 near Dunedin.

Deputies had received a report of a gun in the crowd, and a report that rival gangs were going to fight in the no-alcohol club. Deputies arrived and found the club overcrowded, with 500 to 1,000 people inside, said Pinellas sheriff's Sgt. Chuck Kanehl.

"This place has been nothing but trouble," Kanehl said. The club has been open about two months.

Fights started in the parking lot as the club emptied out. Dozens of deputies were called. One deputy with a loudspeaker kept telling patrons to leave or they would be arrested.

A few people were arrested on charges of obstructing justice, and an ambulance took one person to a hospital.

Authorities search

for Pinellas Park bank robber

PINELLAS PARK _ Police are looking for a gunman who robbed the First National Bank at 11030 49th St. N Tuesday morning.

The robber is described as a stocky, tanned white man in his late 30s, about 5 feet 10 and 190-200 pounds, with dark hair, a mustache and a light beard.

The man went into the bank at 11 a.m. and showed a teller a silver handgun with a wooden or wood-colored grip, police said. He took money and left in a gray two-door early 1990s car.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pinellas Park police Detective Ken Blessing at 541-0726 or Sgt. Mike Darroch at 541-0762.

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